Treat Mom to the Prettiest Breakfast Spread for Mother's Day

Go above and beyond basic pancakes and coffee.

Molly Yeh's Baked Challah French Toast

Molly Yeh's Baked Challah French Toast

A stack of flapjacks might do on any other weekend, but if you’re looking to make Mom feel special this Sunday, you’ll probably want to step your game up. To help, we've gathered a menu of dishes designed to wow the mom in your life with a well-deserved feast for her eyes and stomach. The best part is, it’s easier than you might think! A bit of make-ahead prep, a few store-bought ingredients and some morning-of assembly goes a long way to producing a beautiful breakfast spread.

With Molly Yeh’s recipe, you can prepare most of the dish ahead of time to give the thick slices of challah time to soak up a rich, ricotta-laced custard overnight. In the morning, stick the casserole in the oven to bake (30 minutes with a foil topper and 15 minutes without) while you cook up a syrupy fruit topping with frozen blueberries and lemon juice.

Plating tip: Almost everything sweet looks extra nice with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top — and a mesh tea strainer can help you get the job done with minimal cleanup, no sifter required!

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Steve Giralt

Scrambled eggs and bacon might make up your usual morning fare but on Mother’s Day, do like Bobby Flay and turn them into elegant toppings for a “tarte flambe.” Bobby's made-for-brunch take on the traditional French tart uses store-bought pizza dough for the crust and tops each "pizza" with plenty of fresh herbs, creme fraiche and a bevy of breakfast toppings.

If you're going to make any pancake, make it a Dutch baby. This simple but impressive dish is well worth the extra time it takes for the pancake to bake and puff up into a pillowy masterpiece.

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Tinted pink thanks to raspberry puree, this fizzy and refreshing cocktail is sure to tickle mom’s fancy.

This eye-catching cocktail gets all the points for presentation. Prepare it in a clear glass pitcher and bring the sunrise-toned concoction to the table to mix with flair before serving.

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Steve Giralt

As gorgeous as it looks, complete with a crackable crust, this creme brulee is actually a shortcut dish that cuts down on oven time by subbing yogurt in for the traditional custard! Not to discount the work that goes into making it though – you’re still cooking up a fresh berry compote from scratch and caramelizing the sugar on top. And it’ll still taste delicious.

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If you are up for a tasty baking challenge (which involves egg tempering, straining and a water bath), try this Raspberry Creme Brulee.

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Another oven-free dessert that feels perfectly posh is this delicious mash-up of a tiramisu and trifle, made with layers of lemon cream, lemon syrup, ladyfinger cookies and fresh fruit. Assemble and chill overnight in the fridge – the dish needs time for the ladyfingers to soften and the layers to meld together – and bring it out to impress mom for dessert.

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