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11 Great Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

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Happy National Brunch Day! Cook it right.

2021 mother's day recipes stack of cornmeal buttermilk pancakes with blueberries

I am not sure why or when Mother’s Day became known as a major brunch and breakfast holiday. Not that I am complaining. Breakfast — and its more luxurious weekend version, brunch — is my favorite meal of the day. Mother’s Day is the occasion to make the most important meal of the day for the most important woman in your life. Here’s a roundup of 2021 Mother’s Day Breakfast and Bunch Recipes she (you) will love.

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On the Healthy Side: Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

For moms who want to keep things on the more nutritious side, these recipes taste fabulous and pay extra attention to health and wellness.

Updated Bircher Overnight Oats

A new (better) take on old-school Bircher muesli, with apples, yogurt, nuts, and seeds.

bowl of Bircher muesli overnight oats with apple yogurt and oatmeal

Cured Salmon + Cucumber Smørrebrød

An easy, elegant, no-cook alternative to bagel and lox that tastes fresh and savory.

cured salmon cucumber smorrebrod toast on wooden board with garnishes

Pineapple and Kale Green Smoothie

A lightly sweet, very healthy green smoothie recipe, loaded with fruits, vegetables, and add-ins as you like.

glasses of best pineapple kale green smoothie 2021 mother's day recipes healthy

Mother’s Day Recipes: Beautiful Baked Goods

Bake a simple and special recipe for Mother’s Day 2021. Scones, crumb cake, and muffins are just what breakfast and brunch call for this year.

Sticky Bun Overnight French Toast Casserole

Let’s get right to the point: This sticky bun French toast casserole is one of the best things we’ve ever eaten. An overnight baked French toast that tastes just like a sticky bun, but with no hassle. Soak the bread in a cinnamon-sweet custard, bake, then smother with homemade pecan goo. Meet your new favorite breakfast recipe.

sticky bun french toast casserole with pecan caramel topping

Royal English Scones

The official Buckingham Palace recipe. What better to make her feel like queen for a day than a tender, buttery royal English scone?

2021 mother's day recipes platter of Buckingham Palace English Royal scone recipe with tea and jam

Sour Cream Crumb Cake

Mother’s Day breakfast deserves the sweet, simple comfort of a tender vanilla cake topped with big, buttery brown sugar clumps. This simple cake combines classic sour cream coffee cake and New Jersey-style crumb buns into one delicious cake heaped with streusel.

piece of sour cream coffee crumb cake on plate with coffee cup

Sweet Potato Morning Glory Muffins

Incredibly moist, perfectly sweet, and full of texture and flavor from ingredients like apple, coconut, and millet, and baking spices.

sweet potato morning glory muffins baked in tin with butter and apple

Incredible Egg Recipes for Mother’s Day Breakfast

Eggs often make the centerpiece of any breakfast spread, and deserve to be egg-stra (sorry) special on Mother’s Day. These egg recipes are guaranteed to please.

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Quiche is always in style. What’s not to love about the combination of tender butter crust and fluffy, eggy filling? This vegetarian leek and goat cheese tart is my current favorite.

slices of easy quiche in pan with chives

French Ham and Cheese Galette Complète

Authentic, savory French comfort food, right in your home kitchen. Bring a little Paris to your kitchen table.

ham egg and cheese buckwheat galette on plate with salad

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Mushroom and goat cheese scrambled eggs, fluffy, earthy, and folded with an elegant sprinkle of fresh chives.

2021 mother's day recipes scrambled eggs with mushrooms and figs with coffee

Waffles and Pancake Recipes for Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch

Mother’s Day breakfast and brunch recipes don’t get more fun and classic old-fashioned pancakes and waffles. From the Kennedys’ family waffles to cornmeal blueberry pancakes, these recipes stack up great.

J.F.K. and Jackie Kennedy’s Family Waffles

stack of waffles with blueberries and syrup

Cornmeal Pancakes With Blueberry Maple Syrup

Buttermilk pancakes go extra homey with cornmeal. Topped with warm, homemade blueberry maple syrup for the best breakfast ever.

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stack of waffles with blueberries and syrup

John F. Kennedy's Buttermilk Waffles

The Kennedy family's favorite waffles, now yours.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American, belgian
Keywords:: breakfast, brunch, buttermilk, J.F.K., Jacqueline Kennedy, patriotic food, waffles
Servings: 10 to 12 waffles


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon cake flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder (or 4 teaspoons)


  • Preheat and grease a waffle iron according the directions.
  • Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolks and beat until combined.
  • Alternately add the flour and buttermilk.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.
    PRO TIP: For maximum stability and fluffiness, use room-temperature eggs and make sure there is not a trace of fat or egg yolk in the bowl.
  • When ready to make the waffles, fold in the egg whites and baking powder. The mixture should be light and fluffy.
  • Bake in the waffle iron and serve with warm maple syrup and melted butter.


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