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Mother’s Day “Breakfast in Bed” + Pain au Chocolat Recipe

I recently discovered that Mother’s Day is, like, one week away!  (Don’t know what rock I’ve been living under… it just snuck up on me!)

But don’t worry, Dads and kiddos out there, I’ve totally got you covered!  I have the perfect idea to help you make the Mama in your life feel special: Breakfast in Bed!  After all, how many weeks and years of her life has she spent dragging herself out of bed too early in the morning to make sure everyone in the family is fed that morning meal before a bite ever enters her mouth?  Trust me, this is the ultimate way to pamper her. :)  Not that you have to stop here, of course.  But this will definitely start her day off right.

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Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed - Round-Up of delicious recipes to make for mom this May!

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So I’ve rounded up some yummy breakfast ideas that I think you can totally handle, even if you’re not a natural in the kitchen!  (Well, some of them might be more “intermediate” level, but I’ll mark those accordingly for you.)

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1) The first is this amazing Pain au Chocolat (aka: Chocolate Puff Pastry.)  It doesn’t get easier (or more impressive!) than this.  The recipe uses store-bought puff pastry and a store-bought chocolate bar… so it’s a total cinch.  I’m including the printable recipe at the bottom of this post because I have not posted it on my blog before.  Just scroll down to the bottom of this page for instructions on how to make it!

Difficulty Level: Easy!

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Pain au Chocolat - Simple recipe for Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed

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2) I also think a special drink is a must!  Of course, your wife/mother/grandmother might prefer coffee or tea to kick-start her morning.  But if she’s a hot chocolate fan, then you can’t go wrong with a delicious, steaming up of Hot Cocoa from my Grandmother’s recipe book!  This recipe is nice because you can make it one cup at a time instead of in a huge quantity.

Difficulty Level: Easy!

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Hot Cocoa for Mother's Day breakfast in bed!

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3) White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding is a great option because you can throw the ingredients together the night before, leave them to soak overnight in the fridge, and bake on Mother’s Day morning before church.  (Just leave yourself plenty of time to bake it for 45 minutes before Mama plans to wake up.  And if you can’t make that happen, don’t worry, She’ll still appreciate a fancy breakfast, even if it isn’t in bed.)

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Bread Pudding for Mother's Day breakfast in bed!

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4) How about a savory option?  Killer Breakfast Pizza!  This can be done super easily if you use store-bought pizza crust and gravy mix, and is slightly more difficult (yet delicious) if you make your own dough and gravy at home.  You can make that step easier on yourself by making both the dough and gravy the day before.  Homemade pizza dough is the cat’s meow, in my humble opinion.

Difficulty Level: Easy OR Intermediate! (Depends how much you make from scratch)

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Killer Breakfast Pizza for the Mama in your life on Mother's Day!  (Breakfast in bed... the ultimate treat!)

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5) Is it just me or do moms LOVE breads?  I myself can never get enough banana bread, carrot raisin bread, zucchini bread… it’s like eating cake that feels healthy (first thing in the morning too!)  So here are two of my faves: Perfect Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, and Spiced Pineapple Bread.  Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about these!

Difficulty Level: Easy!

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6) And last but not least, if you really want to knock Mom’s socks off, go with something that looks super fancy, like a tart!  Both these tarts are deceptively simple though… since they don’t require you to make a separate crust and filling.  The ingredients come together in a blender!  And Mom will just feel so sooo special that you took the time to make something so decidedly lady-like.  (Because what Dad ever requests a tart on his special day?  None that I know of.  Tarts have “Mom” written all over them!)

Difficulty Level: Easy!

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Please tell me ALL about it if you decide to cook something special for the mom in your life this May 11th.  Stories of sweet, thoughtful husbands and kiddos just melt my heart!  And feel free to tell me in the comments what makes your mom so special and worthy of honor on Mother’s Day.  Brag away! :)

Scroll down for the Pain au Chocolat printable…

Lots of love,

Carissa

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Pain au Chocolat
 
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This elegant finger-food is simple to make yet extremely impressive! The dark chocolate and buttery puff pastry make a spectacular combination.
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Serves:: 6-8
Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet of store-bought frozen puff pastry, thawed but chilled (see thawing directions on package)
  • A few tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • I 4-ounce bar of semisweet chocolate (I recommend Hershey's Special Dark)- broken into 12 rectangular pieces.
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • ½ tsp. flaked sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons sanding sugar
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Lightly flour a clean work surface, and unroll one sheet of thawed (but still cool) puff pastry into a single rectangle. Use a floured rolling pin to roll sough to uniform thickness, if needed.
  4. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut puff pastry in half lengthwise. Cut each half into sixths, giving you 12 rectangular pieces.
  5. Brush top of dough rectangles lightly with egg wash. Place a piece of chocolate in the center of the dough strip, and sprinkle a tiny pinch of sea salt over the chocolate. Fold one end over it. Then fold over the other end. Press the seam with the tines of a fork to seal. Add a little extra egg wash to the seam if it’s not adhering. Repeat with all 12 pieces.
  6. Place the pastries seam side down on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with sanding sugar. Bake for 20 minutes in the center of the oven, until puffed and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

 

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  1. […] surprisingly easy (less than 5 minutes to shape!)  when you use the recipe from Pretty/Hungry. Plenty of other recipes on this link, as well, including breakfast pizza, hot chocolate and a dainty fruit […]