10 Fabulous Recipes for Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed

Give Mom the day off.

May  5, 2019

What's your favorite way to say "thank you" to your mom? Do you take her to get her nails done, treat her to a massage, or send her flowers? Or, do you take her to her favorite lunch spot, bake her cookies, then offer to do her laundry?

This Sunday, shower your mom with gestures of your appreciation—starting in the morning with a good, old-fashioned breakfast in bed. Serve her whatever she likes best, be it scones, ricotta pancakes with maple syrup, or breakfast tacos, with a heaping mug of coffee or tea, of course. And a spring flower arrangement will get you bonus points.

Here are 10 of our favorite Mom-approved recipes—make any or all of them, and she'll be as pleased as punch:

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1. King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits by Genius Recipes


"How to turn two ingredients into perfect biscuits, in less time than it takes to drink your coffee," writes Genius columnist Kristen Miglore. "Extra genius points: The formula is so simple, you'll probably never need to look it up again. Serve them with butter and jam. Or honey. Or dress them like a Mainer, as Hamel recommends: Split them and dribble with cream before topping with berries and whipped cream (Are you counting? That's 3 creams!). Or embed a sugar cube doused in orange juice in each biscuit before baking, a Southern trick for a sweet, melty core that Hamel also likes. Or add herbs or bacon or cheese."

2. Cinnamon Rolls by erinmcdowell

"Ooey-gooey and finger-lickin good," Erin describes. "If you want someone to fall in love with you, make these cinnamon rolls and a really good cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. Then sit back and act like it was no big deal while they melt in front of you."

3. The Green Madame by fiveandspice

"This sandwich (like my pork torta) is inspired by a favorite sandwich at 'the fancy sandwich shop,' aka Mike and Patty's in Boston," fiveandspice writes. "They make what they call a breakfast sandwich, and what I call an anytime sandwich. It's called the green madame, which is kind of an open faced croque madame, with sautéed greens layered in. I decided to try out the idea with some spring alliums; roasted, rather than sautéed, because I thought it would give them some nice, crispy charred bits (it does)."

4. David Eyre's Pancake by Amanda Hesser

"This recipe comes from The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and appeared in the Times in 1966," Amanda says. "Forty years later, readers are still making the pancake with no less bliss. What keeps cooks faithful to one recipe is often some confluence of ease and surprise. Eyre’s pancake possesses both. A batter of flour, milk, eggs, and nutmeg is blended together, then poured into a hot skillet filled with butter and baked. Anyone confused? I didn’t think so. The surprise comes at the end, when you open the oven door to find a poufy, toasted, utterly delectable-looking pancake. It soon collapses as you shower it with confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice, slice it up and devour it. It’s sweet and tart, not quite a pancake and not quite a crepe. But lovable all the same."

5. Crêpes with Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote by Ms. T

"Crepes are a regular Saturday morning cooking with bedhead kinda thing at our house," Ms. T shares. "Probably because it's the one breakfast food my husband knows how to cook without asking for guidance."

6. Scrambled Egg Tacos With Avocado by Kenzi Wilbur

"I make these late and often—this is my back-pocket 10-minute meal after a very long day or a longer party," Kenzi says. "They're fast, good food you can eat with your hands. And because tacos often spill at random, you’re allowed to be slightly animalistic about the whole affair—a very good perk, because no one has the energy for manners in the middle of the night. I felt odd making these in a well-lit kitchen and styling them for a camera—they are at their best when cooked by dim, early morning kitchen light, and hastily—but you’ll rectify that for me tonight, won’t you?"

7. Puffy & Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes With Orange & Fig by Sarah Jampel

"These pancakes, adapted from Tim Byres of Smoke Restaurant in Dallas, are so tall they'll make ordinary pancakes look like they're standing on their tippy toes," Sarah writes. "They're so pillowy that I not only dream of them but on them. They're so crispy that you'll actually use that knife on your table. The entire top and bottom of these pancakes is what the edges of the standard sort might look like—if you're lucky (and it's your birthday, and you're having a good hair day)."

8. Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce by ieatthepeach

"This is a riff on shakshuka, the Israeli dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce," says ieatthepeach. "I love the combination of tomato, mint, and chili, especially with eggs. This is my go-to weeknight meal, because it's fast, cheap, and flavorful enough to feel really special. You can cook the eggs to whatever doneness you prefer; I like the yolks just barely set, so that they're still a little runny but don't dilute the sauce too much."

9. Naughty Rhubarb Scones by Midge

"My mom, who churned out many a tasty scone in her day, wasn't so hot on the idea of rhubarb in scones, 'too tart, honey.' Boy was she ever wrong," Midge writes. "Rhubarb's tang is the perfect foil for the super rich scone (I subbed heavy cream for the milk and upped the salt in my mom's recipe, hence the naughty). You almost don't need jam, but if you went that route, strawberry would be a natural, and clotted cream for the full-on experience."

10. Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches by Alice Medrich

"Crusty, hot, and melty chocolate sandwiches make a decadent snack," Alice writes, "but cut into daintier portions and nestled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, they make a dynamite dessert for company. They're fun too."

What are your favorite Mother's Day traditions? Tell us in the comments below!

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Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.

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garlic&lemon May 9, 2015
I'm all about savory breakfast. My hands-down favorite is Amanda Stafford's Slow Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Breadcrumbs and a Poached Egg. It takes a while to make, but I have convinced my husband to prep the kale, make the breadcrumbs, and sautee the onions the night before to save a little on the Sunday morning time. He would rather have biscuits, or pancakes or puffy German pancakes but on Mother's Day, I get to choose - Yay!