Homemade Mother's Day Recipes Every Student Can Cook

Make sure to mark the 19th of March in your diary, why? Because It’s Mother’s Day!

This special day honours mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence motherhood has on society.

A mother’s love is special and should be cherished forever, so there is no better time than Mother’s Day to celebrate her and show how much you love her, appreciate her and how much she means to you.

If you want to go all out this year, treat your Mum to a home cooked meal this Mother’s Day.

If you are not sure what to cook, we have found a few easy recipes perfect for you to make in your student accommodation kitchen.

Give your mum a lie in and bring her some breakfast in bed or make a nice small lunch or brunch if you prefer, whatever your mum fancies, we’ve got a whole guide here! 

mother's day recipes

1. Breakfast Pancake Platter

As it is Mother’s Day, why not go all out and prepare a big breakfast that gives your mum plenty of flavours to choose from depending on how she feels that morning.

A breakfast pancake platter full of American style pancakes sounds absolutely delicious, don’t you agree? – with a range of toppings ranging from sweet to savoury.

It’s an easy recipe taking only 30 mins to prep and cook, all you need is listed below. 

For pancakes:

  • 100g wholemeal plain spelt flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Drop of oil

For toppings:

  • 100g cooked salmon
  • 85g low-fat soft cheese
  • ¼ cucumber
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 x 120g pots natural bio yoghurt
  • 1 banana
  • 160g mixed berries

Find out the optional toppings and the full method of to make this breakfast pancake platter on the BBC Good Food website. 

Breakfast Pancake Platter

2. Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Does your mum have a sweet tooth? If so, try these puff pastry cinnamon rolls!

They are so easy and quick to make with it only taking 25 mins to prep and cook. 

If you use ready made puff pastry it will only make it more simple and easy – definitely student friendly.

All you need is:

  • 1½ tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 320g ready rolled puff pastry
  • Plain flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50g icing sugar

To make these mouth-watering rolls, you can find the full recipe on the BBC Good Food Website.

We’re sure Mothers Day 2023 won’t be the only time you make them! 

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

3. Afternoon Tea Sandwiches

Instead of heading out for afternoon tea, bring afternoon tea to your Mum’s home by making your own sandwiches.

Treat your mum and family to a delicious spread of homemade sandwiches with different fillings alongside some cakes and scones.

We’ve listed how you can make goat’s cheese, walnut and roasted pepper sandwiches below!

  • 200g soft goat’s cheese
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 10 slices white bread
  • 2 roasted red peppers
  • 25g walnuts

For lemony cucumber and prawn sandwiches you need:

  • 6 slices wholemeal bread
  • ½ cucumber
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 large cooked prawns

For creamy egg and cress sandwiches you need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 chopped spring onions
  • 2-3 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 12 small rolls
  • Cress

To find out how to make the sandwiches head over to the BBC Good Food Website.

Don’t forget to serve them on a tier stand for a proper afternoon tea experience in the comfort of your own home! 

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches

4. Brioche French Toast

Another good option for breakfast in bed or brunch is Brioche French Toast. 

This Mother’s Day recipe is simple to make and something you can make with whatever you have to use.

It only takes 25 mins to prep and cook so you will be able to pull it off in no time at all.

Here’s everything this recipe requires:

  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml single cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla seed paste
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 4 thick or 8 thin slices of day-old brioche
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 bacon rashers
  • 2 bananas
  • Maple syrup

It can be easily made in 5 steps, to use this recipe then head to the BBC Good Food website.

brioche french toast

5. Potato Scones With Salmon And Sour Cream

Looking to make a delicious brunch dish especially for your mum?

Well, potato scones with salmon and sour cream is where it’s at if you ask us! 

This Mother’s Day recipe takes just under 1 hour to prep and cook but we promise it is worth it – just give it a try.

It can be made in 4 steps and all you need is listed below: 

  • 1 large Maris Piper potato (approx 225g)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Vegetable oil
  • 100g smoked salmon or trout
  • 60g soured cream
  • 1 tbsp chives

For step by step instructions check out the recipe on the BBC Good Food Website – you can thank us later.

Potato Scones With Salmon And Sour Cream

6. Eggs Benedict With Smoked Salmon & Chives

Another amazing brunch dish that can be made in half the time (35 mins to prep and cook) is eggs benedict with smoked salmon and chives.

It is a classic and so simple to make you will be able to do it with your eyes closed.

All that is required is kindly listed below from us! 


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 English muffins
  • Butter
  • 8 slices smoked salmon
  • Chives

For the sauce you need:

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 125g unsalted butter

To make this in 3 easy steps, you can find the recipe on the BBC Good Food website.

You could even change it slightly and add your own toppings for a more personal touch or for your preferred tastes.

Eggs Benedict With Smoked Salmon & Chives

7. Chocolate Traybake

Forget breakfast and brunch, why not make a nice cake to enjoy after a nice meal?

This ones perfect if your mum has a sweet tooth! 

Chocolate traybake only takes 45 mins to prep and cook and can be made in only 4 steps, easy peasy.

All you need to make the chocolate sponge is:

  • 185ml vegetable oil
  • 250g plain flour
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 325g light brown soft sugar
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 125ml strong coffee or espresso
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

For the icing you need:

  • 150g salted butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Sprinkles
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Nuts (optional)

If you can’t resist this tempting recipe, you can find it here and remember it is supposed to be shared!

chocolate traybake mother's day recipes

There you have it…7 student friendly homemade Mother’s Day recipes you can try.

We hope your mum enjoys her little treat this Mother’s Day and makes the most of a day with her feet up. 

Speaking of food, do you need ideas for easy snacks to grab on your way out? Check out our blog on the 10 snacks you need for your next study session.

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