As one of the major foodies in my circle of friends, I’m always asked what’s the most romantic thing to cook on Valentine’s Day. It’s not steak, it’s not lobster — it’s Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed ideas that I can snuggle up with.
Don’t get me wrong, a steak and lobster dinner with a great bottle of wine will always sweep me off my feet. However if you really want to lay the love on thick, a breakfast in bed is the true way to my heart — and any other person’s heart, I would imagine. Sleeping in and waking up to the smell of something cooking in the kitchen and a freshly brewed cup of coffee is pure heaven. It’s one of those treats we all so quickly overlook, thinking it’s not enough to really wow someone on such a special day. Well folks, you couldn’t be more wrong.
So if you really want to spoil your significant other rotten this Valentine’s Day, skip the traditional dinner and go for an indulgent lazy breakfast spent in bed. In fact, take it all the way by spending the entire day in bed, watching TV, and telling each other how much you love each other. It is Valentine’s Day after all, and it even lands on a Sunday this year. Why not go all out with the mushy love stuff?
1. Lemon Brioche French Toast & Raspberries
This killer French toast recipe from The Kitchn would brighten up any morning with those citrusy and fruity flavors. It’s the perfect way to start the morning off with a flavor explosion.
2. Strawberry Pancakes
Not only are these strawberry pancakes from A Spicy Perspective a classic Valentine’s Day breakfast, you can create cute little hearts with freshly sliced strawberries to make hearts on hearts. That extra touch of sweetness will score you some serious points.
3. Baked French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping
The praline topping on this over-the-top baked French toast recipe from Brown Eyed Baker has me wishing it were Valentine’s Day already. It’s like a mixture of candy and breakfast in every bite.
4. Cornmeal-Crusted Buttermilk French Toast
Go Southern with a big ol’ dose of comfort cooking from Big Girls Small Kitchen in this French toast recipe. The cornmeal crust and use of buttermilk will make you feel like you're in the deep south after the first bite.
5. Heart-Shaped Waffle Croque Madame Sliders
Capture someone's heart with these adorable heart-shaped breakfast sliders from Cooking for Keeps. They’ll be saying “oui, oui” with their kisses of appreciation after they down at least two or three.
6. Bananas Foster Crepes
Hoping to go above and beyond with your cooking skills this Valentine’s Day? Nothing says boss chef more than whipping out some crepes like these from the The Kitchn. They’ll go bananas for it, and you.
7. Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole
Take some of the work off your plate by making an overnight dish. All you’ve got to do with this cheesecake packed recipe from Mom On Timeout is cook it in the morning. Even you deserve to sleep in just a little.
8. Double-Chocolate Loaf with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread
Double the love with double the chocolate in this bread from Brown Eyed Baker. With that creamy peanut butter spread, any peanut butter cup fanatic will be in breakfast heaven with a warmed up slice of this bad boy.
9. Spoil-Your-Partner Breakfast in Bed
The name of this mega sandwich says it all. Big Girls Small Kitchen brings the breakfast-in-bed love with this monster of a sandwich, complete with tomato jam and crispy bacon.
10. Chia Seed Yogurt Pudding with Champagne Roasted Rhubarb, Kumquats, and Pistachios
If you want to get a little fancy and healthy with your breakfast, reach for this chia seed yogurt pudding from Hummingbird High. The roasted rhubarb and crunchy pistachios will make your boo feel extra loved, just don’t forget the side of coffee.
11. Brie & Mushroom Breakfast Strata
Got a fella or lady who hates sweets for breakfast? Never fear, The Kitchn is here with a strata recipe that’s ooey, gooey, and earthy all in one. You can snuggle up and dive into this monster dish together. See you on the other side.
12. Baked Berry Cheesecake French Toast
Dessert for breakfast anyone? If I can’t snuggle up with a massive slice of cheesecake, then I can definitely settle for this mixed berry French toast from Mom on Timeout. All those berries bursting with flavor will capture the romance of the morning.
13. Red Velvet Crepes
Put your ever-loving heart on a plate with these red velvet crepes from Taste and Tell. The easy cheesecake filling is just the decadent touch to start this romantic day off right.
14. Cocoa Buttermilk Breakfast Biscuits with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter
You might have grand plans for Valentine’s Day, and only have limited time to spend on breakfast the day of. So whip up some of these breakfast biscuits from How Sweet It Is, and serve them warm with extra brown sugar cinnamon butter ahead of time.
15. Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding Breakfast Casserole
Cinnamon roll bread pudding in a breakfast casserole? My jaw dropped as soon as I saw this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker. Combining a cinnamon roll and bread pudding is a stroke of pure genius, and I’ll even let your boo think it was all your idea.
16. Winter Greens & Gruyere Tart
Take advantage of the seasonal winter greens, and make a fancy tart like this one from the The Kitchn. You can even add a little extra by mixing in some salmon or chicken to hold you over until that oh-so-romantic dinner you have planned.
17. Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast
If the warm French toast doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, that gooey, melted peanut butter sure will. Mom on Timeout has a decadent, yet simple, breakfast recipe that is over-the-top in the best way possible. Just imagine drizzling it with some chocolate syrup. *mind blown*
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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