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Mother’s Day is that too-rare reminder to hit pause so we can all give thanks to those important women in our lives who made us who we are. This year, whether you’re celebrating your own flesh-and-blood, a superstar stepmom, or your co-parent-in-crime, the mom in your orbit deserves so much more than another greeting card. Let her sleep in while you make her a morning meal she’ll remember all year.

Our best Mother’s Day brunch recipes are easy enough for the little ones to lend a hand—but special enough to treat that very special mom. Think classic blueberry muffins, frisée breakfast salad, no-splatter rhubarb-rose jam, and cream-soaked, savory, baked French toast

If there are other relatives nearby, don’t be shy about delegating to the fam—I hear siblings make excellent sous chefs—but know that these dishes are simple enough even for us only children to handle with aplomb. A minty iced mocha is a quick-yet-elevated caffeine delivery system for moms who like a sweet start to their day, while other mothers might prefer to indulge in a stiffer morning libation; for them, mix up a batch of spicy bloody Marys the night before. 

If there are multiple moms at the table (I’m looking at you too, Aunties and Grandmas <3), a family-sized coffee cake or a jumbo batch of crunchy granola might be in order. However many moms you might be celebrating this year, you’ll find something to make each of them smile among our favorite Mother’s Day brunch recipes.

Sourdough Whole Wheat Waffles

sourdough waffles
Photograph by Matt Taylor-Gross | Plate by Keith Kreeger

Sourdough starter mixed into classic waffle batter gives a brightness, airiness, and—who knew?—exterior crunch to waffles that non-yeasted batters can’t match. Get the recipe >

Oeufs au Plat Bressanne (Baked French Toast with Cream and Eggs)

Baked French Toast with Cream and Eggs (Oeufs au Plat Bressanne)
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

This savory French breakfast of baked, cream-soaked toast and eggs is deceptively simple (and scalable) but lavish. The cream soaks into the garlic-rubbed bread and thickens to a rich sauce right in the skillet resulting in a savory French toast. Get the recipe >

Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Photography by Kat Craddock

These spiced sweet potato pancakes are adapted from the version served at the historic Arcade Restaurant in Downtown Memphis. Get the recipe >

Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese

Tortilla with Ham and Cheese
Photography by Beth Galton

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 >

Minty Mocha Cold Brew

Minty Mocha Cold brew coffee by Belle Morizio
Photography by Belle Morizio

This lightning-fast cold-brew coffee method is a simple—and portable—way to caffeinate on the go. Aeropress brewers are inexpensive, lightweight, and easy-to-clean, and can be used to make either hot or cold espresso-strength coffee in a matter of minutes. Get the recipe >

Classic Blueberry Muffins

Saveur Selects 12-cup non-stick muffin pan
Photography by Kelly Campbell

Sweet, fresh blueberries are complemented by a generous hit of fresh lemon zest in this quintessential muffin recipe. Overmixing the batter will result in a tough muffin, so stir only until most of the flour is moistened. Get the recipe >

Seared Bologna, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches with Sweet Mustard

Seared Bologna, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches with Sweet Mustard
Photography by William Hereford

Bologna makes an excellent breakfast sandwich swap for sausage or country ham, particularly when it’s purchased from a good butcher, browned in a pan, and layered on warm, split biscuits. Runny fried eggs, melted American cheese, and sweet, sharp mustard make a good thing even better. Get the recipe >

Rhubarb-Rose Oven Jam

Rhubarb Jam

For a no-stress Mother’s Day brunch, make a batch of easy, splatter-free jam in the oven. This version adds floral flavors to sweet-tart rhubarb with vanilla bean and rosewater. Get the recipe >

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

This simple fried rice is as good for breakfast as it is for dinner. Thick-cut bacon will make for more meaty, chewy bits. Cookbook writer Amy Thielen often adds a little sauerkraut for a further Midwestern touch. Get the recipe >

Molly O’Neill’s LongHouse Granola

Molly O'Neill's LongHouse granola
Photography by Maura McEvoy

The LongHouse scholars ate this granola for breakfast every morning of their month-long stay at Molly O’Neill’s house in Rensselaerville, New York. Get the recipe >

Border Grill Bloody Mary

Border Grill's Bloody Mary recipe
Photography by Ariana Lindquist

Spicy tomatillo and cucumber ice cubes chill this twist on the classic brunch drink from chef Mary Sue Milliken’s Los Angeles restaurant Border Grill. This recipe first appeared in our November 2013 issue along with the story State of Grace. Get the recipe >

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