Mother's Day Brunch in Bed

11 foolproof recipes to impress the special woman in your life

The Lemon Soufflé Pancakes are a popular menu item at Aurea restaurant in San Francisco.

Mothers: Please stop reading here. If you read this article, it will ruin your Mother's Day. However, if you resist the urge, it will (we hope) make it one to remember. Find the nearest available male member of the household and (lovingly, of course) insist that they come to the computer. And for once, don't hover.

Now, husbands, sons, brothers, and uncles, take note. This is how Mother's Day should be done, with flowers in an elegant ceramic vase on the side table, the sweet aroma of French toast or a rich, heady hollandaise sauce drifting up from the kitchen, and a sturdy breakfast tray ready to go, just waiting to be graced with piping hot coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and the piece de resistance — all before she has a chance to wake up. No lines, no overpriced, mediocre food, and, we hope, no disappointment.

This might be tough if that special someone is an early riser, accustomed to a morning routine. After all, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if mama beat you to the kitchen. For shame! Well, we wouldn’t dare suggest any shenanigans the night before, but sometimes an extra glass of wine will help keep her in bed a little longer. And what better way to clear the cobwebs the next morning than brunch...

For those who are challenged in a kitchen and worried that such a task would be too Herculean to attempt, never fear. For sure, there are a few recipes which are on the more challenging side, but we've sprinkled in a few that can be done even before having a cup of coffee in the morning. Well, almost.

And if any mothers out there did keep reading, well, we suppose that with such a title, admittedly, there wasn't really much of a surprise to begin with, but we hoped an element of surprise would remain in not knowing exactly what would be on the tray in the morning. If you're still reading at this point, we assume that you don't like surprises and so you might as well look through the slideshow, print out recipes that you like along with a copy of this article, and tack it on the fridge the night before as a subtle hint.


Click here to see the Mother's Day Brunch in Bed Slideshow.