Even if you have fancy dinner date plans for February 14, there is no better way to kick off the day of love than to enjoy a huge, totally indulgent brunch. And there are so many Valentine’s Day brunch recipes that can really make the most of this lovey-dovey holiday. Whether you can’t imagine brunch without pancakes or you have your sights set on an elaborate savory dish, there are pretty much endless options for the best brunch ever.
Things don’t need to be heart-shaped or covered in rose petals to be fitting for V-Day. A delicious, decadent recipe does just fine, and it’s extra good if it’s a Valentine’s Day recipe for two. Plus, by making your own brunch to enjoy either with your friends or your special someone, you can avoid the understandably long wait times that befall anyone who doesn’t make a brunch reservation in advance on the big day.
These 18 fancy brunch recipes will add an extra loving touch to your day, even if you’re not celebrating the holiday. After all, everyone can do with some fancy French toast and baked eggs — take this as a day to treat yourself, and it’s bound to be a seriously delicious time.
1. Red Velvet Baked Pancake With Honeyed Whipped Cream Cheese
Instead of making a whole batch of pancakes, try out A Beautiful Mess' super-size baked pancake — it tastes even better when it's shared with someone you love.
2. Lemon Brioche French Toast With Raspberries
Even in the winter, The Kitchn's lemon-raspberry French toast will kick off a lovely day with a springtime vibe.
3. Strawberries And Cream Coffee Cafe
A cream cheese glaze finishes off Averie Cooks' fruity coffee cake, making it a snack I'd enjoy any time of day.
4. Spiced Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs
Paired with a piping hot cup of coffee, Five and Spice's breakfast puffs are a more grown-up version of the doughnut holes you loved as a kid.
5. Spiced Sweet Potato And Goat Cheese Skillet
Naturally Ella knows that you can never go wrong with a little goat cheese — and some roasted sweet potatoes really sweeten the deal.
6. Strawberry Vanilla Bean Baked Oatmeal
Simple doesn't have to mean boring. A Cozy Kitchen takes baked oatmeal to the next level with this hearty baked version.
7. Strawberries And Cream Stuffed French Toast
Once you start stuffing your French toast with a tasty cream cheese-based filling, there's really no going back. Thanks, Mel's Kitchen Cafe!
8. Overnight Pull-Apart Cinnamon Toast Bread
When served warm, Half Baked Harvest's pull-apart bread is an absolute dream. Its cream cheese drizzle gives it a vanilla twist.
9. Raw Triple Berry Crisp
Fresh berries atop a mix of oats and nuts makes a refreshing meal to start your day. Plus, Oh She Glows' recipe doesn't require any cooking.
10. Fudgey Brownie Hearts
Sure, A Farmgirl's Dabbles' brownie hearts may taste more like dessert than breakfast, but an espresso glaze makes them perfect for the morning.
11. Strawberry Shortcake Doughnuts
Skip the heart-shaped box of chocolates — nothing can top A Beautiful Mess' irresistible cream-filled doughnuts.
12. Monte Cristo Waffles With Warm Raspberry Sauce
Filled with ham and cheese and drizzled with a homemade raspberry sauce, The Kitchn's waffles are a savory-sweet mix made in heaven.
13. Sweet Soft Cherry Bread
Forget the banana bread. Averie Cooks makes an indulgent breakfast, especially with a festive pink cherry-almond glaze.
14. Strata With Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, And Bacon
Five and Spice's strata is the way to go when it comes to savory breakfasts. Make it ahead of time, and you'll have more time to stay cozied up in bed in the morning.
15. Crepes With Tomato, Basil, And Goat Cheese
Try a French brunch to feel extra fancy. Naturally Ella's crepes are gluten-free and totally easy to make.
16. Baked Eggs In Spicy Tomato Sauce
Runny yolk, warm goat cheese, and irresistible tomato sauce — there's nothing not to love about A Cozy Kitchen's savory brunch.
17. Strawberries And Cream Scones
These hearty scones by Mel's Kitchen Cafe are easy to make ahead of time — and they make a great teatime snack as well as a filling breakfast.
18. Fontina Spinach And Artichoke Breakfast Pasta Hash
Serve Half-Baked Harvest's breakfast pasta in bed, and you're in for the most wonderfully cozy morning of the year.
For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
Images: A Beautiful Mess (2); The Kitchn (2); Averie Cooks (2); Five and Spice (2) Naturally Ella (2); A Cozy Kitchen (2); Mel's Kitchen Cafe (2); Oh She Glows; A Farmgirl's Dabbles