8 Brunch Dishes That Totally Win Mother's Day

Food Network Kitchen’s Cinnamon Bun Pancakes.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

It’s not every day that we’d suggest eating ice cream for breakfast, but: A) This isn’t ice cream, it’s one-ingredient banana “nice” cream. B) It’s dressed up with all the good-for-you toppings you might put on yogurt (like berries and nuts). And C) if you can’t eat dessert for breakfast on the first day of summer, when can you?

On Mother’s Day, there’s no such thing as too much. So pull out all the stops at brunch and make some seriously fun, seriously delicious dishes (stale bagels, limp French toast and overcooked scrambled eggs need not apply). These recipes are impressive, but employ short cuts and tricks to make them easy enough for even novice home cooks to execute. Mom will be so proud.

Cinnamon rolls are a quintessential special-occasion dish, but they require a significant amount of prep time. And because Mom deserves better than the stuff from the tube, we suggest this genius alternative: Pancakes that are just as gooey and cinnamon-y as their inspiration, but are ready in about a half hour.

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Zucchini Rose Tartlets 00:26

Paired with a leafy salad, these tartlets make a light and healthy meal.

Rolled up with a strip of puff pastry, zucchini and yellow squash turn into savory blooms you can eat with your hands, if you like. We bet Mom likes ‘em even more than a bouquet of real roses.

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Stuffed Banana Bread 00:57

A cheesecake swirl adds some oomph to banana bread.

This indulgent quick bread is basically a way to justify eating dessert for breakfast — and on Mother’s Day we are totally OK with that.

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Food Network Kitchen's Lessons from Grandma, Grandma's Anything Goes Strata for LESSONS FROM GRANDMA/MICROWAVE VEGGIES/CHICKEN SOUP, as seen on Food Network

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Renee Comet

Carb and cheese lovers will cheer a strata in the morning, and this recipe is flexible enough to use whatever leafy greens, meat, bread and cheese you have around. You can whip this up on the fly and impress Mom with your inventive cooking know-how.

Ina Garten’s sheet-pan roasting technique is foolproof and lets you cook a big batch of bacon all at once. No one should have to skimp on their bacon on Mother’s Day.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

If flipping brunch in a skillet was never your forte, try this recipe. Ree Drummond’s bread pudding-style French toast gets topped with a brown sugar crumble that’s meant to look rustic — you can’t mess it up (especially when you finish it with blueberries).

FNK KIDS CAN MAKE: BAKED EGGANDHARISSA TARTS Food Network Kitchen Food Network Puff Pastry, Eggs, Red and/or Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Harissa, Olive Oil, Parsley and/or Dill Leaves, Feta Cheese, Scallion, Lemon Juice

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

Personal puff pastry squares stuffed with a runny egg, tomatoes, spicy feta cheese and lots of fresh herbs are way better than a soggy breakfast sandwich. Plus, kids can help prep the dough and crack the eggs.

Food Network's Raspberry Mimosa

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

A little raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries (the world’s most adorable floating garnishes) are an easy way to turn a traditional brunch beverage into something a little more unexpected.

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