We don't always have as much time as we'd like to make breakfast, but when we have a good reason to go all out, we do. A fancy breakfast in bed is one of our favorite ways to say "I love you", on Valentines Day or any day at all!
If your sweetheart has a sweettooth, consider whipping up a batch of Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle or Apple Cinnamon Bostock. If something more savory belongs on the menu, get started on a batch of Tartine Bakery's Kimchi, Bacon, and Egg Danish or a quick Basque-style Tortilla.
Whatever you decide on, don’t forget the bubbly—on its own, Champagne is a perfectly acceptable breakfast beverage, or get even fancier with a festive, sparkling cocktail.
Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust An extra-velvety quiche loaded with blue cheese for creaminess in a nutty spelt and whole wheat crust. Get the recipe for Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust » Sometimes, the only creative direction you hear as a photographer is "Make it sexy." So here you go: a sexy, ruby-red cocktail to drink tonight. Get the recipe for Lose Your Shoes Cocktail » Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon Rich, chewy laminated dough puffs up in the oven to suspend kimchi, bacon, and baked eggs in the center of these savory breakfast pastries. Get the recipe for Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon » Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a decadent sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate. Get the recipe for Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle » Fried Egg with Hazelnuts, Chanterelles, Green Garlic, and Blackberries Chef Jim Christiansen fries his eggs with a splash of water to keep them from burning. Get the recipe for Fried Egg with Hazelnuts, Chanterelles, Green Garlic, and Blackberries Bostock is a sweet and crunchy breakfast pastry with roots in Normandy. Our version honors Calvados country with a schmear of apple butter and a splash of apple brandy added to the traditional frangipane cream. A generous layer of toasty almonds balances the soft and squishy filling below. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Apple Bostock » The croissant's perfection is twofold: an interior of infinitely spiraling paper-thin layers and a shatteringly flaky crust. Get the recipe for The Best Croissants » Waffle Sandwiches with Cecina, Avocado, and Arugula Gooey cheese, salty cured meat, and avocado are pressed between crispy waffles at a modern café in Paris. Get the recipe for Waffle Sandwiches with Cecina, Avocado, and Arugula » Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin of Brooklyn's Ovenly bakery shared the recipe for these blackberry scones with us, which rely on frozen fruit so you can make them even when blackberries aren't in season. Get the recipe for Blackberry-Mint Scones » Ricotta and Honey Sandwich A dollop of ricotta on earthy-sweet oat bread is delicious; add a drizzle of sourwood honey and it's elevated to the exquisite. (For a bit of sophisticated heat, top with a sprinkle of freshly-crushed red pepper flakes.) Get the recipe for Ricotta and Honey Sandwich » Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche A rich, bright pesto offsets peppery arugula in this creamy quiche. Get the recipe for Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche » Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub A sweet-sour syrup dresses this mixed fruit salad. Get the recipe for Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub » Its name derived from the French verb souffler, meaning "to breathe" or "to puff", a soufflé's pillowy top will naturally rise in the oven but slightly deflate just moments after removal. The eggy treat's fleeting moment of perfection is one of the reasons the dish is handled so delicately by chefs and cherished so deeply by diners. This savory cheese version is courtesy of chef Daniel Skurnick of Le Coucou restaurant in New York City. Get the recipe for Egg and Cheese Soufflé » Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette This simple potato and cheese omelette, from The Good Cook: Eggs & Cheese, was shared with us by Tim Mazurek to accompany his Back of the Bookshelf column. It's perfect for brunch, and also—accompanied with a glass of wine and a green salad—makes a satisfying, affordable dinner. Get the recipe for Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette » A delectable British treat, these springy pancakes are molded in a shallow ring on the griddle and pan-fried until golden. They get their distinctive nooks and crannies—ideal for a slick of jam and butter—from a yeast-based batter boosted with baking soda. Get the recipe for Crumpets » Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese In Basque country, this egg-based tortilla is sometimes sliced through the middle like a sandwich roll and layered with cured ham and sheep's milk cheese. If cutting horizontally through the thin, delicate tortilla seems too troublesome, the ham and cheese are just as delicious served on the side. Get the recipe for Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese » Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette Roasting cherry tomatoes in an oven brings out their natural sweetness; salty salami is a perfect counterpoint. Get the recipe for Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelette » Crêpes stuffed with fromage blanc and maple syrup are topped with stewed blueberries, strawberries, and peaches at Heartbeet Lifesharing, a community for developmentally disabled adults in Hardwick, Vermont. Get the recipe for Crazy Day Crêpes » Caramelized brown sugar adds an irresistible layer of sweetness to crispy bacon in this recipe from late chef and food consultant Gene Hovis. Get the recipe for Billionaire's Bacon » Cranberry Crumb Cake with Almonds and Oats Reinvent the classic crumb by adding oats, nuts, spices, or chocolate chips, or by drizzling on a simple glaze. Get the recipe for Cranberry Crumb Cake with Almonds and Oats » A last-minute addition of baking soda to the batter makes these classic waffles especially airy and crisp. Get the recipe for Yeast-Raised Waffles » Unlike a kir, which is made with white wine, a kir royale is topped with sparkling wine and garnished with fresh berries. Get the recipe for Kir Royale » This rich oyster and bacon omelette is based on one from the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. There it is served with a side of sliced tomatoes—a refreshing counterpoint. Get the recipe for Hangtown Fry » This take on eggs Benedict incorporates a rich red wine sauce. Get the recipe for Brennan's Eggs Hussarde » Rich with coconut flavor and spiked with rum, this recipe falls somewhere between a decadent French toast and bread pudding. Get the recipe for Coquito French Toast » Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso Aïoli Alvin Cailan of Los Angeles' cultish Eggslut goes pancetta-crazy in this sandwich, using eight slices on top of his gorgeously marbleized egg and cooking the collard greens in pancetta fat. Get the recipe for Biscuits with Pancetta, Collard Greens, Marbleized Eggs, and Espresso Aïoli » Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffles In this recipe, cracked eggs are infused with grated truffles overnight. Then the eggs are slowly stirred over a double-boiler to produce a velvety scramble. Get the recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffles » Date, Parsley, and Sumac Quiche with Crushed Almonds Dates add a surprising sweetness to a creamy quiche sprinkled with crushed almonds. Date, Parsley, and Sumac Quiche with Crushed Almonds » Campari and blood orange juice give this twist on the French 75 a beautiful color. Get the recipe for Sicilian 75 » Eggy, cheesy quiche lorraine makes for a refined, delicious brunch. Get the recipe for Quiche Lorraine » Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast The recipe for this crunchy french toast is based on the one used at the Lafayette restaurant in the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C. Get the recipe for Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast » Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes » Hong Kong-style Coffee with Sweetened Tea (Yuanyanga) Java lovers in tea-obsessed Hong Kong can find the perfect compromise in this palate-teasing beverage: It combines robust drip coffee with milk tea, a long-steeped brew of Ceylon tea, milk, and sugar. The quirky fifty-fifty blend is soft yet tannic, with a mellow jolt of caffeine. Get the recipe for Hong Kong-style Coffee with Sweetened Tea (Yuanyanga) » This refreshing Bloody Mary features yellow tomatoes, celery, and carrots. Get the recipe for Gazpacho Bloody Mary » Fresh berries shaken with ice, vodka, lemon, and St. Germain, strained into a champagne flute and topped with Champagne, created a drink that fizzes dramatically. Get the recipe for The Volstead » Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary The Union Square Cafe in New York City makes this Bloody Mary using heirloom tomatoes from the nearby farmers' market. Get the recipe for Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary »