Brunch is a Mother’s Day tradition, and with good reason–Mom might want a break from cooking but she’s definitely still hungry for a delicious meal, especially when it’s prepared by the ones she loves the most.
Dads and kids can join forces in the kitchen to make a tasty meal with a fancy presentation, even if cooking isn’t Dad’s forte. Here are some easy tips for making a lovely (and uncomplicated) Mother’s Day Brunch for Mom.
Include a parfait
A parfait is simple to assemble and adds a sweet, healthy and decorative treat to Mom’s special meal. You can use a tall fancy glass (use one with a stem for an extra sophisticated look) or a mason jar and layer her favorite yogurt on top of layers of her favorite fruit until you reach the top of the glass or jar. You can also top it off with some granola for extra crunch!
Make some of it ahead of time
Of course you can’t prepare everything the day before, but if you’re able to get Mom out of the house Saturday afternoon you can prepare a few items beforehand, leaving you with less stress the next morning. For example, cut and prepare a fruit salad. Or, bake a quiche, wrap it in aluminum foil and then stash it away in the refrigerator overnight in a not-too-obvious spot.
Try this kid-friendly 6-ingredient recipe
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 16 wonton wrappers
- 5 tbsp. chocolate-hazelnut spread
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Have a small glass of water ready. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon with a fork until combined well.
Lay 4 wonton wrappers out on a clean countertop. Place 1 teaspoon chocolate hazelnut spread in the center of each wrapper. Cut the banana into very thin slices with a paring knife and place 2 slices on top of the chocolate hazelnut spread on each wrapper. Dip your finger into the glass of water and run it along the edges of a wonton wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half diagonally, forming a triangle. Press on the edges well with your fingers to seal. Repeat with the remaining 3 wontons. Place the 4 on the baking sheet (you can place them close together; they won’t spread).
Repeat with the remaining wonton wrappers, chocolate hazelnut spread, and bananas, working in batches of 4 wontons at a time. When all the wontons have been made, lightly brush the sides facing up with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the wontons for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp and lightly browned. Let cool for 1 minute before serving.
Do you need extra help before the big day? Try L’École Culinaire’s public cooking classes. L’Ecole Culinaire–Memphis is offering a Champagne Brunch and L’Ecole Culinaire– St. Louis is offering Breakfast Cookery-Beginner, both on Saturday, May 9. Also, Mom may love a gift certificate for a class herself, or a yummy lunch The Presentation Room Restaurant. Register for classes or purchase gift certificates online at www.lecole.edu.