Mother's Day is a special occasion to celebrate your mom and everything she does for you. Preparing a special holiday breakfast is a perfect way to let her know you care and set a positive tone for the day. Simple meals like pancakes, french toast, and omelettes are more than enough to show your appreciation, and when served with love, they will give your mother a day to remember.
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cups white sugar
- 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Vegetable oil
- Berries, chopped fruit, or chocolate chips, optional
- Syrup, optional
- 2 eggs, large
- 1 ½ tablespoons half-and-half
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Olive oil
- Spinach, optional
- Shredded cheese, optional
- Handful of mixed herbs including parsley, chives, and chervil
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- Unsalted butter
- 8 slices white bread
- Cinnamon sugar
EditMaking Classic Pancakes
- Pour the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Pour 1 ½ cup of flour, 3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ cup white sugar into a mixing bowl. Sift or stir the bowl until the ingredients are distributed evenly. Break up any clumps until the mixture is smooth.
- Stir the egg and milk together. Crack one egg into a bowl, followed by 1 ¼ cup (300 ml) of milk. Use a whisk to beat the mixture until it is smooth and creamy.
- Melt your butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Place 3 tablespoons of butter in a small bowl. Microwave for around 1 minute or until the butter is completely melted.
- Make a well in the center of the flour bowl and pour the melted butter and egg mix. Stir the ingredients together using a whisk until the batter is as smooth as possible.
- Heat a lightly oiled pan to medium-high setting. While heating, gently tilt the pan so the oil can coat it thoroughly. If desired, butter can be used instead of oil.
- Scoop the batter onto your pan. Spread the batter around so it is a nice, large circle. Use about ¼ of a cup (59 ml) for average-sized pancakes, ⅛ of a cup (28 ml) for mini pancakes, and ½ a cup (120 ml) for jumbo pancakes.
- Sprinkle your berries, fruit, or chocolate chips into the batter. Spread them evenly so the flavor is consistent. Though not required, these additions can give an extra bit of flavor to your Mother’s Day meal.
- Cook each side until they are a light golden brown. Depending on your stove’s heat and the thickness of the pancake, each side could take between 3 and 6 minutes to cook. Pancakes can burn quickly, so stay alert while they are cooking.
- Top with syrup, berries, fruit, or chocolate chips. If you’re not sure what kind of syrup your mother likes, serve it on the side. For extra brownie points, arrange your berries, fruit, or chocolate chips in the shape of a heart or smiley face.
EditMaking a Fluffy Omelette
- Mix eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Crack two eggs into a bowl, followed by 1 ½ teaspoon of half-and-half, ⅛ teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Use a fork or whisk to separate the egg yolk properly. Mixing these ingredients now will make the omelette more flavorful.
- Oil a pan and heat it to a medium setting. While the temperature rises, swirl the pan to coat it thoroughly. If desired, the oil can be substituted with butter.
- Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Using a spatula, spread your omelette evenly around the entire pan. As it cooks, lift the edges of the omelette so excess egg mix can flow under.
- Cook for 30 seconds or until the bottom sets. Before adding ingredients, the omelette needs to take a more solid form. A solid bottom will make sure your cheese or spinach stays inside the egg properly.
- Add herbs, spinach, and cheese to taste. Sprinkle any desired ingredients into the center of the omelette. Spread them evenly so the taste isn’t locked to one side of the dish.
- If your mother doesn’t like spinach, try replacing it with chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, or bell peppers.
- Fold the omelette. Use a spatula to fold the omelette in half. Cook until the top and bottom are light golden brown.
- Sprinkle with herbs and cheese before serving. To make your omelette look pretty and give it a little bit more flavor, sprinkle extra cheese and herbs on top before presenting it to mom.
EditMaking French Toast
- Heat a slightly buttered pan to a medium-high setting. Place a small slice of butter onto a cooking pan and set the temperature to medium-high. While heating, gently tilt the pan so the butter can coat it thoroughly. If desired, non-stick spray or olive oil can be used instead.
- Mix the eggs, egg yolks, milk, vanilla, and salt into a shallow bowl. Crack two eggs into a bowl, followed by two egg yolks, of whole milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Use a fork or whisk to stir until the mixture is smooth with a layer of foam. Let the bowl sit.
- Turn the heat to medium-low once the butter starts to boil. This temperature will be used to cook the toast itself.
- Dip an entire slice of bread into the egg mixture. Keep each side of the bread submerged for about 15 seconds. Turn the slice a number of times to make sure it is evenly coated. Repeat for every slice.
- Place the bread onto the pan. Shake off any extra liquid before setting the slice down to cook. If your pan is large enough, feel free to cook multiple slices at one time.
- Cook until the bottom is golden brown, then switch sides. This should take between 45 seconds and a minute, depending on the size of your bread and the temperature of your stove. For extra flavor, add another slice of butter to the pan before switching sides.
- Coat each side with cinnamon sugar to taste. Once each side is golden brown, coat the bread with a layer of cinnamon sugar, letting the heat fuse it to the bread. This will make each slice sweeter.
- Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar before serving. Add more cinnamon sugar before serving, sprinkling it over the bread for taste and the plate for looks.
- For extra flavor, try serving your French toast with a side of bacon, sausage, apple slices, or syrup.
EditServing the Meal
- Clean the kitchen the night before. Wipe down the dining table, kitchen counters, and cooking area. Set the table nicely with placemats, plates, silverware, and cups. For easy access while cooking, make a list of all the ingredients you need and place them near the front of the fridge and pantry.
- For an extra special touch, put a vase of fresh flowers on the table as a centerpiece.
- Get up earlier than your mother. If possible, get up 30 minutes to an hour before your mother so you can have breakfast ready. If you don’t know when your mother will wake up, make sure any kitchen prep is done so you can cook her meal quickly once she rises.
- Serve the meal with coffee or juice. Along with the main course, prepare some coffee or juice for your mother to drink with her meal. To make the day extra special, purchase her favorite sparkling juice or fancy coffee. For coffee, pour it into her favorite mug or a mug you purchased as a gift.
- Eat with your mother. If at all possible, sit down and share the meal with your mom. In the end, the dish itself won’t matter. The eggs could be burnt, the pancakes could be hard, and the french toast could be soggy. What matters is the love you showed your mother and the time and effort you put into making her day special.
- Clean up after the meal. Mother’s Day should be a complete day off for mom, so make sure to put away her dishes and clean up the kitchen once you’re done. Even if she tries to help, make sure she sits down and lets you handle it.
- If you have a nice tray, try serving your mom breakfast in bed.
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