Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May every year and that usually means we get perfect spring weather to celebrate. We can have brunch outdoors with friends and family, and we have a lot more fresh fruit and veggie options to choose from than we would earlier in the year. Strawberries tend to really come into their own right around Mother’s Day, so while I wouldn’t call strawberries a Mother’s Day tradition for me, they are something that I almost always incorporate into a Mother’s Day meal – whether I’m using them as a main component, part of a fruit salad or just as garnish for some mimosas.
- A great brunch is one of the most popular ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, and a batch of Strawberry Goat Cheese Scones are a great addition to any menu. The sweet strawberries work very well with the savory goat cheese, giving these scones a gourmet feel. They’re delicious on their own, but can also be served with honey or strawberry jam.
- Strawberries are easy to incorporate into cupcakes, and Fresh Strawberry Mini Cupcakes are a good choice when you want to serve a crowd, but getting a little chocolate into the picture makes dessert a little more indulgent, and so I like these Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream for this holiday. They’re filled with a fruity, homemade buttercream and they are sure to be more popular than a box of generic chocolates.
- A Homemade Strawberry Julius is not your typical smoothie, and it is a very refreshing way to kick off mom’s special day. The drink is a spinoff on one of my favorite childhood drinks, the Orange Julius. Made with fresh strawberries, it is light, sweet and satisfying.
- Souffles are showpiece desserts and these Fresh Strawberry Souffles are sure to impress mom. Fortunately, they’re actually easy to make! The base is fresh strawberries, and the finished souffles pack in a lot of berry flavor in to an almost ethereally light dessert.
- A Strawberry Chiffon Cake is another ultra-light dessert that delivers a lot of strawberry flavor. The cake is flavored with strawberry puree, and you can taste those fresh berries in every bite of the light pink cake. It’s also big enough to serve a crowd. It doesn’t need any frosting but if you want to dress it up, you can finish it off with a lemon glaze and serve it with sliced, fresh strawberries.