Mothers Day Brunch Ideas & Bread Pudding with Praline Topping

Finding Mothers Day brunch ideas that are easy and special at the same time can be a challenge.  I want to be able to spend time with my Mom chatting and enjoying coffee.  I don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking or taking care of last minute details.  For me, brunch is the perfect way to relax over coffee and just enjoy time together. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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20+ Mothers Day Brunch Ideas and Bread Pudding with Praline Topping

Mothers Day Brunch Ideas

Breakfast is too hectic with getting the kids situated and off to school.  I may or may not be awake enough to function for breakfast depending on how much coffee I’ve had.  Since brunch happens a bit later on, I’m more awake.  If you’re feeling really motivated, you could use a few of these ideas and make a Mother’s Day brunch buffet. Scroll down to the end for my Breakfast Bread Pudding with Praline Topping recipe.

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Remember, you’ll need to brew a good cup of French Press coffee, set the table with a bouquet of flowers, and use your best cloth napkins. Did you know that Mother’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s?

Mother's Day brunch ideas

Breakfast Bread Pudding with Praline Topping
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  • 1 tsp butter, softened
  • 1 loaf challah or other rich egg bread, unsliced (you won't use all of it)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Praline Topping:
  • 6 tsp butter, very soft
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Rub the tsp of butter evenly inside an 11x17 inch baking dish or casserole. Cut bread into 1 inch cubes, adding to the dish as you go. Continue until the dish is about three quarters full, about 6 cups of cubes.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat eggs with whisk until well mixed but not foamy. Add milk, 3 tbsp syrup, vanilla and salt; beat until well mixed.
  3. Pour over bread, stirring gently to coat all pieces.
  4. Cover dish with foil & refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. When you're ready to bake, heat oven to 375F. Remove dish from refrigerator and let it stand at room temperature while you make the praline topping.
  6. In a mixing bowl, stir butter vigorously with a spoon until smooth. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Stir in the pecans, 2 tbsp syrup, and cinnamon.
  7. Spoon small dollops on top of the soaked bread.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F and continue baking until the mixture is set and golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes total.
  9. Serve warm with additional maple syrup if you like.



154 cal


13 g


7 g


4 g
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Need more ideas? Here are 100 more brunch recipes to try!

What are pralines?

Did you know that while pralines are typically thought of as containing pecans, pralines are actually a combination of sugar and any type of nuts? This recipe uses pecans, but you could easily substitute walnuts if you prefer. Check out this video to make your own pralines.

This Breakfast Bread Pudding with praline Topping is amazing. I found this recipe in the Modern Maple cookbook. If you’re looking for Mothers Day brunch recipes for church events, check out these potluck recipes.

Which of these Mothers Day brunch ideas will you be trying first for brunch with Mom?

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  1. Wow, we are so far into this year that it's Mother's Day already. I think it's gone especially fast!  I like the recipe, praline is a fave of my mom and it would be great for a brunch.
  2. Sounds like a heavenly way to wake up on Mother's Day!
  3. Wow, that looks delicious!
  4. Mmmm, I haven't had bread pudding in ages!
  5. Looks delicious! I've never been a fan of bread pudding, but I know a bunch of seniors who would love this recipe. I'm definitely making it for them for next months birthday party/Mother's Day celebration.
  6. That looks amazing! Pinning!
  7. oh i love pralines! this looks absolutely delicious Ellen! I would be in heaven if my kids woke me up with this.
  8. Yum! I would definitely have a piece of that with a nice cup of Hot Chocolate!
  9. Such a yummy recipe and I especially like that it is make ahead. I'll be out of town for Mother's Day this year but think I will surprise my mom with something like this when I get home.
  10. Challah is one of my all time favorite foods! This looks so good!
  11. I've never made bread pudding before, but it doesn't seem too different than a french toast bake (so I should be able to handle it) :)
  12. That does look decadent 
  13. Sounds good, I like make ahead recipes.
  14. What a terrific and inspiring line-up of recipes! Special ideas to celebrate a very special day! :) Thanks bunches for including some of our recipes - I'm definitely pinning this to share! And oh my goodness ... that bread pudding recipe! Bread pudding is sort of a secret little indulgence of mine, and the praline topping just sounds fantastic! Happy Mother's Day!


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