29 Recipes for an Amazing Mother's Day Brunch

She Deserves a Special Homemade Meal

Strawberry rhubarb cake

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Mother's Day is the second Sunday of May, which happily coincides with prime spring produce time. Use these delicious spring recipes to give your special lady the Mother's Day brunch she really wants—seasonal, beautiful, and delicious. If you want to give her a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine, those are nice ideas, too, but nothing says you care like a homemade meal.

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    Strawberry Ricotta Muffins

    Roasted Strawberry Muffins

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    These strawberry-laden muffins are an easy homemade baked good to feature as part of any brunch, but their tender, sweet nature ​seems to make them perfect for Mother's Day. Part-skim and whole-milk ricotta both work nicely in this recipe.

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    Smoked Salmon Pie

    Smoked Salmon Pie

    Kristina Vanni

    Smoked salmon pie is easy to prepare on Mother's Day morning and tastes special. The ultra-creamy quiche base is made with eggs, whole milk, and heavy whipping cream, with abundant smoked salmon, Emmental cheese, mild spring leeks, and chopped fresh dill, all baked in a wonderfully flaky, cheesy pastry crust.

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    Eggs Benedict

    Eggs Benedict

    The Spruce

    If mom wouldn't consider it brunch without classic eggs Benedict, consider this your essential recipe. Poached eggs nestle atop lightly-toasted English muffins, topped with salty Canadian bacon or thinly-sliced ham, all smothered in a luscious, thick, decadent Hollandaise sauce.

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    Best Ever Lemon Pound Cake

    Lemon Pound Cake

    The Spruce

    Tender and exploding with fresh lemon flavor, this fabulous pound cake makes a sweet ending to your Mother's Day celebration. Bake it easily in a bundt pan, and drizzle with the included fresh lemon and sugar sauce while still warm, for a winning brunch dessert.

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    Brioche French Toast With Lemon Curd and Strawberry Compote

    Brioche French Toast With Lemon Curd and Strawberry Compote

    Leah Maroney

    Give mom a morning meal to remember with this delicious brioche French toast. Dip thickly-sliced, sweet bread in a creamy, vanilla-scented egg wash, griddle the slices until golden-brown, then top with jammy, fresh strawberry compote, and a generous dollop of lemon curd whipped cream.

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    Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

    Japanese Souffle Pancakes

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    When you want to show off your culinary skills and treat mom to something really special, make Japanese soufflé pancakes. The secret to these fluffy, tender cakes is an egg white meringue. Their perfect shape is the result of cooking them inside pastry rings, and they're amazing when topped with fresh fruits, jam, maple syrup, or powdered sugar.

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    Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

    Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni 

    With a bakery-worthy flavor and look, lemon poppy seed muffins are a charming addition to brunch. The recipe bakes jumbo muffins flavored with lemon extract and poppy seeds, then drizzles a sweet lemon glaze on top. Serve them with coffee or fresh-squeezed juice, and enjoy!

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    Lemon Blueberry Muffins

    Lemon blueberry muffins on a serving plate

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    If your mom likes the flavor of lemon and blueberry in their own right, imagine how she'll flip when they are combined in these lemon blueberry muffins. Fresh or frozen berries can be used but what really sends these treats over the top is the pecan-and-brown-sugar topping.

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    Spinach and Onion Quiche

    Spinach and Onion Quiche

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    Made with spinach, bacon, onion, and cheese, this rustic savory quiche is an excellent brunch dish. Prepare it with a homemade or store-bought pie crust, or skip the dough entirely if you're short on time for frittata-style eggs. Serve warm or at room temperature with lightly-dressed greens to fill out the plate.

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    Blueberry Biscuits

    Blueberry Biscuits

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter

    Forget the muffins and bake blueberry biscuits instead. These delicious little bites include fresh blueberries and lemon zest in the batter and are finished off with a tangy-sweet lemon glaze. They're the perfect complement to a variety of other foods and are ready within an hour.

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    Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

    Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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    Treat mom to something sweet at brunch with these quick and easy cinnamon rolls. The sweet, biscuit-like dough filled with cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar is easy to make, with no rising time required, and the sugary icing glaze is pure heaven. Go ahead and add raisins and pecans, if you like, for extra texture.

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    Strawberry Bread

    strawberry bread

     Leah Maroney

    Surprise Mom with this fresh twist on a typical quick bread. Chopped strawberries and orange juice bring a nice springtime taste to this moist bread, and the drizzle of cream cheese frosting adds a tangy and pretty finish.

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    Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Mom doesn't need to know how easy this impressive-looking Dutch baby pancake is to make. A few ingredients are mixed together, poured into a hot buttered pan, and baked until puffed up. The edges are golden and crispy and the center becomes creamy and custard-like. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh berries.

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    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Chocolate for Mom is always a nice gesture and these banana muffins offer a double dose—cocoa powder is incorporated into the batter and chocolate chips are added at the end. The ripe banana creates a moist and tender muffin and the dusting of powdered sugar is a pretty finishing touch.

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    Asparagus Butter Lettuce Salad

    Asparagus Butter Lettuce Salad

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Celebrate the fabulous springtime treat that is asparagus with this simple and unique salad that goes well with eggy dishes, rounding out the "lunch" part of brunch. Raw asparagus spears and pistachio nuts add fabulous crunch to soft, tender butter lettuce leaves, creamy fresh mozzarella balls.

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    Cream Cheese Pancakes

    cream cheese pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    Whether mom is eating gluten-free or trying to cut the carbs, these flourless pancakes are a special treat, delicate and crepe-like. Softened cream cheese, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla make up the batter and cooking is as simple as a regular pancake. Dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh berries.

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    Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Cà Phê Sữa Dá)

    Vietnamese Iced Coffee
    Vietnamese Coffee.

     Pete Scherer

    An uplighting combination of coffee and sweetened condensed milk, Vietnamese iced coffee is more than your average cup of joe. It's refreshing and perfectly sweet with a jolt of caffeine, and pairs nicely with a variety of brunch dishes.

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    Blueberry Lemon Cake

    Blueberry Lemon Cake

     Kristina Vanni

    Mother's Day is when the first berries start to arrive, and this blueberry lemon cake is the perfect use of early season fruit. Make it the day before for even better flavor.

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    Scrambled Eggs With Smoked Salmon

    Scrambled Eggs With Smoked Salmon

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    Add smoked salmon to a skillet of creamy scrambled eggs for a salty, rich, indulgent upgrade on the classic breakfast and brunch dish. This recipe makes enough to serve several family members, but you can easily halve the ingredient amounts, if you and mom are brunching as a duo on Mother's Day.

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    Chocolate Waffles

    Chocolate Waffles

    Kristina Vanni 

    Chocolate-loving moms will love these delicious chocolate waffles. With melted chocolate in the batter, they are tender and especially good topped with red berries like raspberries and whipped cream.

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    Lavender Scones

    Lavender Scones

    Elaine Lemm

    Culinary lavender turns simple baked scones into fragrant, elegant springtime delights. Bake up a batch for mom to enjoy with butter and jam at her special brunch. Use very cold butter when preparing the dough, and even chill your mixing bowl, for scones that rise well, and have the perfect, flaky texture.

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    Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

    Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    These are not your everyday pancakes! Creamy ricotta cheese, fresh eggs, juicy blueberries, and lemon zest elevate classic pancakes, rendering them sweet, beautiful, and divinely fluffy. Serve with the included warm lemon syrup.

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    Warm Goat Cheese Salad

    Warm Goat Cheese Salad

    Warm goat cheese salad is a classic French bistro dish that mom is sure to love. It looks and tastes impressive, but is easy to prepare. Use the oven or stove-top to form warm, panko-crusted goat cheese croutes, and set them atop beds of tender, spring lettuce leaves, dressed in tangy mustard vinaigrette.

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

    The Spruce/Cara Cormack

    Strawberry rhubarb crumb cake is a delectable dessert that is wonderful for serving with coffee or tea, and makes the most of seasonal rhubarb and strawberries. The spiced streusel topping is so delicious, you'll want to use it for all your future fruity desserts.

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    Flamenco Eggs

    Flamenco Eggs

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    Indulge mom with a spectacular dish of Spanish-style flamenco eggs. Use an oven-proof skillet to fry sausages with onions, garlic, seasonings, and canned tomato sauce, until well-browned. Crack a couple of eggs on top, and slide the pan into the oven to finish baking. Serve hot, topped with crunchy, seasoned breadcrumbs.

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    Bacon, Tomato, and Ramps Quiche

    Bacon, Tomato, and Ramps Quiche

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    Delicate spring ramps add their oniony flavor to a sophisticated quiche with meaty mushrooms, crispy bacon crumbles, fresh diced tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. Bake it up to two days ahead, and store in the fridge. Or freeze the baked quiche for up to a month, for reheating directly from the freezer.

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    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

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    Swirled with bright-red raspberry jam, this marbleized raspberry cheesecake is as gorgeous to look at as it is delicious. It takes just over an hour to make, but plan to chill it for 4 more hours, to properly set. Feel free to make it up to four days ahead, storing loosely-covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

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    Lilac Syrup

    Lilac Syrup Recipe

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    Harvest a few lilacs and create a beautiful lilac syrup to use in drinks. The recipe is simple and working with the tiny purple flowers will fill the kitchen with a lovely floral aroma. Use the syrup to make a lilac soda or lemonade, or a special Mother's Day cocktail.

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    Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri

    Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri

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    Straight from the garden comes this fresh, fun twist on the classic daquiri cocktail. It is perfect for spring, with rhubarb, rosemary, and rum mingling to create the perfect sweet-tart quaff.