Mother’s Day is traditionally the only day in the year when Mum gets a lie-in and breakfast in bed. This year, instead of stocking up with supermarket supplies for the annual treat, why not make a special effort and make breakfast for Mum from scratch?
We have 3 easy delicious recipes that the mother in your family is bound to love, especially if it comes with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, a nice bouquet of flowers and a loving hug.
1 – Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Avocado
You simply can’t go wrong with scrambled egg on toast, especially if you push the boat out for a deluxe version and add salmon and avocado. What’s more, this only takes minutes to make, giving you more quality time to spend with Mum.
100g smoked salmon slices
4 slices of wholewheat bread, toasted
3 tbsp crème fraiche
3 tbsp chives or dill
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to season
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, crème fraiche and most of the herbs. Gently heat the butter over a low to medium heat in a non-stick pan and, once melted, add the egg mixture and season. Scramble the eggs carefully for a few minutes until barely set, then set aside.
Mash the avocado in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice, then spread over the toast. Spoon the scrambled eggs on top and finish with salmon slices, garnished with the rest of the herbs.
2 – Raspberry & Chocolate Puffs
Knock up a delicious batch of homemade puff pastries in less than half an hour. Not only will Mum will be impressed by the effort you’ve gone to, but there’ll be plenty for everyone to share. Just watch those crumbs on the bedsheets…
(makes 18 pastries)
1 packet (500g) shop bought puff pastry
6 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread
3 tbsp raspberry jam
4 tbsp icing sugar
On a lightly flowered kitchen surface (granite worktops, stainless steel or marble work surfaces are recommended), unfold the puff pastry sheets and cut into thirds along the fold lines. Then roll out each pastry strips to about 40cm and cut each strip into thirds, so you end up with rectangles.
Spread chocolate spread onto half of each rectangle, leaving a 1cm gap along the edge. Top with approx. ½ tsp of jam over the chocolate spread. Then brush the edges with beaten egg and fold over, pressing down firmly to seal. Repeat with the remaining rectangles.
Space the pastries 5cm apart on a baking tray and slit across each top with a sharp knife. Bake in a preheated (200C) oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar when cool (optional).
3 – Homemade Granola
Why not treat Mum to a sweet and crunchy breakfast cereal upgrade on Mother’s Day? Granola is easy to make and tastes much better than the supermarket version. The best bit is that you can make it in advance, saving precious time on Sunday morning.
250g porridge oats or rolled oats
75g chopped nuts (peanuts or any nut combination of your choice)
6 tbsp honey
5 tbsp flaxseed
5 tbsp soft brown sugar
4 tbsp warm water
3 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large pinch of salt
Combine oats, nuts and flaxseed in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the sugar, salt, honey, water, oil and vanilla, then pour the result into the oat mixture.
Spread the granola mix evenly on a lightly greased baking tray and press down lightly with the back of a spoon. Bake in the oven at 150C (slightly less for fan assisted ovens) for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool completely. Finally, mix in the raisins and cranberries and store in an airtight container. Serve with milk or yogurt, and lots of fresh fruit.