Every mother deserves a Mother’s Day Brunch….especially mine!
This may come as a surprise to you (or perhaps it won’t!), but I was one heck of a rebellious teenager. I made life hell for my mother.
Actually, 2 of the 3 RecipeTin Family kids were very, very naughty – my brother and me. Definitely worse than the average teenager.
So we always treat our mother extremely well on Mother’s Day. Paying penance for all those years we did things that would make you tut tut me, and you’d never look at me the same again.
Sometimes, we spoil her with gifts.
ALWAYS, we spoil her with good food!
So today I’m sharing a suggestion for a Mother’s Day Brunch menu, as well as a whole heap of my favourite recipes that are deemed Mother’s Day worthy!
Mother’s Day BRUNCH MENU
Here’s a suggestion for an easy Mother’s Day Brunch menu. The idea behind this menu is that it’s a leisurely brunch for a group. Mostly make ahead, no standing over a hot stove flipping pancakes for 20 people, and the food doesn’t need to be piping hot to be super tasty.
- Country Breakfast Casserole – everything you know and love about a breakfast fry up, in one big casserole! Bacon, sausages, potato, eggs, bread, butter, cheese, toss it all together the night before and just pop it in the oven on the day of.
- Scones (US – biscuits) – Doesn’t get more Mother’s Dayish than a big pile of soft fluffy scones! If time is of the essence, try these emergency Lemonade Scones – they’re magic! Don’t forget the jam and cream….
- Cornbread Muffins (super quick and easy) – I like to have a few savoury options because our family is more savoury than sweet. And these cornbread muffins are a firm favourite that make an appearance at most of our gatherings.
- Strawberry Salad – pretty as a picture! Your mum will be sooo impressed by how this looks – and tastes! Alternative: Apple Salad with Cranberries. Another show off salad mum will be super impressed with.
- Homemade Granola (Muesli) – a) it’s way cheaper than store bought b) it’s not crazy sweet like most store bought c) you can put all of mum’s favourite stuff in it. Bonus – keeps for weeks!
- Yogurt, fresh fruit slices or fruit salad – For the pikelets and granola, or eating as is. I think it’s always nice to have fresh fruit as a palette cleanser for spreads.
Mother’s Day BRUNCH RECIPES
Just a few recipe suggestions for Mother’s Day Brunch!! My mother is definitely more of a savoury than sweet gal, so savoury dishes come first.
Homemade Sausage and Egg McMuffins – Our family tradition, this is what we’ve always made for special occasion weekend breakfasts. One of the few things that could get me out of bed as a lazy teenager! Get the recipe.
Country Breakfast Casserole – everything you’d see on a breakfast fry up plate, loaded into a big casserole for sharing. Sausage, egg, bacon, bread, potato, cheese! Make it the night before and bake it on the day. Get the recipe
Eggs – Make your mum a big fluffy Omelette and stuff it with all her favourite things. Or try a Spanish Tortilla Omelette loaded with potato! If BIG flavours is more your mum’s style, make Shakshuka for her. It’s Middle Eastern eggs poached in a spicy tomato broth, and I’m a little obsessed with it!
Savoury Stuff for mopping up runny yolks
Fry up some bacon, eggs and mushroom, then serve it with some warm homemade Cornbread muffins to slop up the runny yolks. Or perhaps one of these are more to her liking –
- Zucchini Cheese Bread – no yeast! Cheesy! Moist! Delish!
- Cheese Muffins – fluffy cheesy savoury muffins? Eerr, they’re all mine…
- No Knead Soft Bread Rolls – yes you read that right. These are NO KNEAD
We’ve always been more of a savoury rather than sweet-tooth family. So to be honest, we’d have more savoury things and just one or two sweet things at a big brunch.
But for sweet things, here are my picks!
Scones – They might usually be an afternoon tea favourite, but scones are certainly perfectly at home on a brunch table. My recipe is super quick and fail-proof because they’re made using a food processor. If you want an even easier version, use the Lemonade Scones recipe (3 ingredients, dump and stir!).
Homemade Granola / Muesli – Easy to make, you can load it up with all your mum’s favourite things, make it chunky or loose, and it lasts for weeks and weeks so she can take it home and every morning, she will think of you, her favourite child. Get the recipe.
Strawberry Cheesecake – It just looks so impressive and is one of the most amazing cheesecake flavour combos ever. Full stop! Get the recipe.
More cake / dessert favourites
- Chocolate Cake – world’s easiest, most amazing cake recipe. Dump and mix, works every time, this is the chocolate cake I make most often.
- Vanilla Sponge – the classic! Soft and buttery, load it with strawberries and cream or frosting of choice!
- Profiteroles – I know this is my mother’s pick because they’re small bite size pieces and less sweet than cakes! And I’m a fan because they just look so dang impressive
For any menu, I think it’s important to have fresh options as a palette cleanser, and also to cater for those people in our lives (pretending) to be healthy.
Certainly in the RecipeTin Family, at any given point in time, at least one person declares themselves to be on a Diet . Though how long that actually lasts is another question entirely.
Strawberry Salad – because it looks so pretty and your mother is worth the effort! This is one of my “show off” salads, travels well for assembly on site, and it will be talked about for days (weeks!)Get the recipe
Apple Salad – the apple show off salad Get the recipe PS Those are PLUMPED Cranberries you see…. so much more fabulous than just ordinary shrivelled up dried cranberries!
Roasted Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Salad – This one’s been a brunch / lunch salad favourite for years and years. I like it because it’s got oomph (from the pumpkin) so you can have a salad for lunch and actually stay full for the rest of the afternoon. This is a very popular recipe every feasting holiday!
Wild Rice Salad – I make this alot. Looks great, tastes great, keeps well for days. It’s in high demand!
The RecipeTin drinks collection is sadly lacking and I intend to do something about that this year! In addition to the usual coffee and tea, treat your mum to:
- Mimosa – equal parts champagne or sparkling wine, and orange juice. My hand usually slips so it’s heavy on the champers and less on the OJ!
- Bellini – 1 part peach puree or nectar to 2 parts prosseco (or champagne)
- Bloody Mary (especially if she was also celebrating last night ) – 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts vodka to 6 parts tomato juice. A few dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco, a pinch of celery salt, and a few turns of black pepper.
HAPPY Mother’s Day!
Nagi & Dozer xx
Watch how to make it
This isn’t a recipe tutorial, it’s a teaser of some of the recipes I’ve listed above to get you inspired!
Life of Dozer
Every year, I say this is the year that I’m going to teach Dozer to hold a flower in his mouth for a split second to take one – just one!! – adorable photo of him for Mother’s Day.
And as with every other year, it’s a fail. I’ve tried everything – forcing his mouth open, smearing with peanut butter, holding it in place until a split second before the camera timer goes off… still a fail!
Oh well. He still makes for a cute pic!!