You want to show the most important woman in your life, your mom, some respect and admiration on Mother’s day and are torn how to do it. Treat her like a queen by flawlessly preparing a lovely, but easy-to-pull-off breakfast & brunch spread.
With a few key strategies, and a signature homemade dish such as maple french toast soufflé (recipe below), you and your kids can easily remind her how much you appreciate all the little things she does for you.
Mother’s Day Brunch Strategies
- Think of a mid-day meal Mom likes and let that guide you. Have a surefire menu in place that is simple, delicious, figure friendly, with a few choice indulgences such as a cake and pretty cookies. Some great menu suggestions are at the end of this article.
- Make a shopping list! Whether it is french toast, bagels with spreads, cold cuts, cheeses and breads, know what you need and do not deviate. Your grocery stores have it all. Statistics have shown that men spend a good deal more on impulse items when grocery shopping. Be vigilant and stick to your plan.
- Make shopping easy. Let Mom stay in bed while you have Dad shop for the items at the least overwhelming grocery store, even if that means spending a few extra dollars at a specialty store. Time is money and aggravation is a fight!
- Flowers and food = 1 stop shopping. Pick up a beautiful hanging plant at the grocery store. They should be about $12.99. Flower arrangements are nice too, so either way you go, flowers or hanging plant, you will still get the same impact. As a bonus, many grocery stores have in-house floral arrangers. Make nice with them, and ask them to wrap your plant or bouquet beautifully while you shop for your ingredients. Most arrangers will surely accommodate.
- Pick up a balloon or two and your Mother’s Day cards at the grocery store. Who doesn’t love a balloon? Why go to another store? It’s all there!
- Make your dessert simple and personal. Visit the bakery section of the grocery store and opt for a plainly decorated cake. Pick up Mom’s favorite such as cheesecake, ice-cream cake, strawberry short-cake or the best for decorating, a vanilla layered cake. Then take a bee-line to the sugar and flour section of your market to pick up some of the new icing varieties available. Betty Crocker has icing in a spray can and Hershey makes a variety in a squeeze bottle. This way, you and/or your kids can personalize your cake at home. Don’t worry so much if it’s a little sloppy. It shows the love!
- Bowls of berries look beautiful. Strawberries are delicious and can make a big impact by just giving them a quick rinse under cool water and placing in a big bowl. Added bonus: berries are super healthy and figure friendly!
- Give Mom plenty of kisses. Why not purchase a bag or two of Hershey’s Kisses? Besides giving her the real thing, it’s a cute way to show the love.
Maple Challah French Toast Soufflé
We love this recipe because it is prepared the night before. French toast soufflé can be kept warm on the lowest setting of your oven for several hours. To keep a warming soufflé moist, lightly wrap with aluminum foil.
Serves 8 as part of a meal
- 1 Challah Bread, preferably a day or two old, with crusts cut off and cubed in 1″ cubes
- 1 small round country bread (find in day old section of grocery store), crusts cut off and cubed in 1″ cubes
- 2 c. buttermilk
- 1/2 c. heavy cream
- 8 eggs or egg substitute product (if using eggs, beat)
- 2 tbs. melted unsalted butter
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 c. pure maple syrup
- 4 tsp. cinnamon sugar plus more for top of cooked soufflé
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- In a large bowl, add cubed, stale bread
- In a separate large bowl, add remaining ingredients
- Pour incorporated ingredients over bread, pressing down to allow bread to soad up
- Pour wet bread mix into 9″x12″ baking pan that has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap or Glad Press n’ Seal and refrigerate overnight
- The next morning, preheat oven to 350′
- Take soufflé out of the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 1/2 hour
- Remove plastic
- Sprinkle top of wet bread generously with cinnamon sugar, making sure to get into the corners
- Bake maple challah french toast soufflé for 1 hour, or until a inserted toothpick comes out clean
- Can be cooled, covered and frozen for up to a week at this point
- Serve with warmed maple syrup and berries
Menu and Snack Suggestions:
- Last Minute Mother’s Day (Fancier) Menu
- Club Sandwiches and French Fries (pick up McCain’s new Rustic Oven variety.)
- Bagel Spread with 10 different cream cheese varieties to choose from.
- Hot dog’s with all the fixings