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Make your Mother’s Day breakfast perfect

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Breakfast recipes and top tips for celebrating

Start Mother’s Day off with a tasty breakfast prepared especially for Mum. Is she a fan of fluffy pancakes or does she prefer a perfectly poached egg? Either way, these recipes will be sure to impress, while our helpful tips will make any of these mouth-watering dishes an easy affair.

Best fluffy pancakes

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Perfect your pancake recipes

Nothing says Mother’s Day like a tower of fluffy pancakes. Drizzle with syrup or serve up with a scattering of fresh fruit – Mum’s favourite, of course. Browse our pancake recipe collection for more pancake inspo, or discover our top tips below.

If you’re after a pillowy stack of pancakes, here are a few handy tips to ensure they’re as light as a feather:

  • Sift bicarbonate of soda and flour into a large bowl to aerate.
  • Add wet ingredients and stir until just combined, a few small lumps are okay. Over-mixing will result in tough pancakes.
  • Rest the batter for 10 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
  • Cook over medium heat so pancakes can cook slowly and evenly.
  • Wait until bubbles form and begin to pop on the surface of the pancake before flipping.

For even more fluffy pancake tips, check out this easy step-by-step video:

Easy french toast

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It’s easy to nail French toast

Classy, versatile and delicious – French toast is sure to dazzle Mum this Mother’s Day. Serve yours with a dash of homemade raspberry coulis, or whip up French toast with a coconut twist. For a chic brekkie, have a go at a sourdough croissant French toast pudding or some gooey rocky road French toasties.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a few useful tips:

  • Allow time for the bread to soak up the milk and egg mixture, but don’t let it get too soggy as the bread may fall apart.
  • The softer and fresher the bread, the quicker it will soak. The more stale or thick it is, the longer it will need.
  • It’s optional to flavour your egg and milk mixture with cinnamon, vanilla or another spice. Increase or remove to Mum’s taste.
  • Cook over a low heat to ensure the middle of the soaked bread cooks, without burning the outside.

Learn how to master the perfect French toast with this step-by-step video:

Herbed eggs on toast

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Eggs Mum’s way

Spoil the mum in your life with some smashing egg recipes this Mother’s Day. Scrambled, boiled, poached or fried – eggs are guaranteed to get a smile from Mum. She might enjoy some smashed peas and egg on toast, scrambled eggs served up with fried sausages, or perhaps she’d enjoy a tomato egg bake.

Don’t be daunted by cafe-style poached eggs either. Here are some easy tips to perfectly poaching an egg:

  • Use fresh eggs. The fresher the eggs the less wispy your whites will be once cooked.
  • Creating a whirlpool in your saucepan will help create a beautiful round shape.
  • Cushion the egg falling by using a cup to tip it in the swirling water.
  • Using a timer is critical to making sure the yolk stays runny.
  • Keep water at a simmer, not a vigorous boil which could overcook your eggs.
  • Drain cooked eggs on a paper towel so you don’t end up with soggy toast.

Egg recipes

Find out more top tips on eggs, like the basics of a perfect scramble:

Easter Bunny Milkshake

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The best creamy porridge

Creamy, cosy and classic – serve Mum a gorgeous bowl of porridge for breakfast this Mother’s Day. Porridge can be made in so many ways, from more traditional methods using rolled oats, to more creative iterations that use quinoa and even polenta. The flavour combinations are also endless. Would Mum like a peanut butter porridge with fresh bananas or a warming winter bowl with pears and light Greek-style yoghurt? Or even a lighter option might be on the cards, with a blueberry ombre chia pudding.

Make sure your porridge is smooth and creamy every time by following these handy tips and tricks. You’ll be making porridge like a pro in no time:

  • To speed up cooking time and soften oats, soak them overnight in water. Drain before cooking.
  • Traditional porridge is made using rolled oats, water and salt. However, full-cream and skim milk as well as plant-based milks can also be used – they inject more creaminess and flavour.
  • If you like your porridge thick and creamy, stick to a 1:2 ratio of oats to liquid. If you prefer a runnier consistency, opt for a 1:3 ratio.
  • Overcooking oats can result in a gluggy texture. Prevent this by cooking over a low heat and stirring constantly.

Porridge recipes

Learn three ways to cook porridge like a pro with this step-by-step video guide:

Peach and raspberry smoothie

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Smoothies

Mum not into a big brekkie? Why not make a colourful and refreshing smoothie this Mother’s Day instead? She might like a vibrant green smoothie or a smooth banana and cacao smoothie. Give her a real cafe-style experience by making her a thick and creamy smoothie bowl with all the delicious toppings.

Follow these tips to ensure your smoothies are spectacular every time:

  • Use frozen fruit for a thick smoothie consistency that’s crisp and cool.
  • Adjust the amount of liquid depending on how thick you want your smoothie to be. More liquid makes for a thinner consistency, whilst little to no liquid makes the smoothie gelato-like in texture.
  • Blitz extra ice cubes into your smoothie if it becomes too thin. This will thicken it.
  • When making a smoothie bowl, chill the bowl beforehand as this will keep the smoothie cooler for longer.
  • Prep ahead by blitzing fruit and veg, and freezing in ice cube trays.
  • You can also save leftover smoothie by freezing in ice cube trays. Just blitz when you’re ready to enjoy.

Smoothie recipes

Learn how to make the perfect smoothie bowl and green smoothie with these step-by-step videos:


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