As a mom myself, I am hoping someone will make a special breakfast for me this Sunday. My ideal breakfast would be served in bed with a bunch of fresh lavender in a vase, my favorite coffee and creamer, and the Sunday paper. Then arrange a cat or two on my feet to keep them warm and put some Andrea Boccelli on the CD player and I’ll be happy.

Heart-Shaped Pancakes

from Martha Stewart Living 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • plus 1 tablespoon for griddle    

Directions:

  1. Preheat griddle to 375 degrees, or heat griddle pan over medium-high heat. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Add egg, milk, and 2 tablespoons melted butter; whisk to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Test griddle by sprinkling with a few drops of water. If water bounces and spatters, it is hot enough. With paper towel, brush 1/2 teaspoon butter onto griddle. Wipe off excess.
  3. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain round tip with batter; twist end of bag, and secure with rubber band. Working in batches, pipe heart shapes, drawing V of batter in center of hearts to fill, on heated griddle. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, about 2 minutes, flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute.
  4. Repeat with remaining batter, using 1/2 teaspoon butter on griddle for each batch, keeping finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven until ready to serve.
  5. Top with fresh fruit (from the Market). Makes twelve 4-inch pancakes.

Here are some more great breakfast ideas to treat the special mom in your life. I would be thrilled to find any of these on my breakfast tray!

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Cream

Ham and Egg Crepe Squares

Chard and Feta Tart

Home Fries with Poached Eggs

Brioche French Toast with Asparagus and Orange Beurre Blanc

Arugula and Chicken Sausage Bread Pudding

photos, left and right from marthastewart.com, and center from Williams Sonoma Agrarian