Breakfast in Bed Ideas to Treat Your Sweetheart to This Valentine’s Day
Breakfast in bed is a fun and thoughtful gesture to show loved ones you care and appreciate them. After all, life is hectic and stressful—and far too often, breakfast is grab-and-go or skipped entirely. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just a random Tuesday, serving someone breakfast in bed will give that special person in your life a leisurely, relaxed start to their day.
Before getting started, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:
- Prep what you can ahead of time or choose recipes you can make the night before for a stress-free morning.
- Keep it neat! A tray with a handled rim will help in case of a spill. If you don’t have a tray, a rimmed sheet pan lined with a nice tea towel will work.
- Carry beverages separately to avoid an awkward balancing act.
- Personalized details like sourcing special ingredients or re-creating a dish from a favorite restaurant or moment in time can make the gesture extra meaningful.
- Above all, take time to relax and connect.
Now that you know how to prep breakfast in bed like a pro, we’re sharing romantic breakfast in bed ideas specifically for Valentine’s Day—as well as delicious recipes you can whip up anytime.
Romantic breakfast in bed ideas for Valentine’s Day
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year and Covid-19 protocols have people staying in, breakfast in bed is both a thoughtful and safe way to celebrate. Feeding someone is a love language, so prepare something special for your sweetie and take the time to truly relax, connect, and enjoy the meal—it’s your holiday too.
Mini Dutch baby with caramel bananas
Puffy Dutch baby pancakes are glorious to behold but not conveniently sized for breakfast in bed. This smaller version is easy to make and just as impressive, with luscious bananas in brown sugar caramel.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Special equipment: blender
2 ripe bananas, cut in ¼-inch slices
2 tablespoons brown sugar
75 grams all-purpose flour (about ½ cup)
2 large eggs
½ cup whole milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided into single tablespoons
Wedge of lemon
Icing sugar, for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
In a small saucepan off the heat, add bananas, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt; gently turn to coat. Set aside.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. To the jug of a blender, add flour, eggs, milk, vanilla, pinch of salt, and melted butter. Blend on high speed until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender once, about 30 seconds.
Add a tablespoon of the remaining butter to a small, ovenproof skillet or cast-iron pan (about 6 or 7 inches diameter) and heat over medium-high until foamy. Carefully pour in the batter then immediately put the pan in the oven and bake until puffed and set, about 16 to 18 minutes.
During the last five minutes of baking, add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the banana/sugar mixture and place over medium-high heat, cooking until caramel is bubbly, about three minutes. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of lemon juice, then turn gently.
Remove the Dutch baby from the oven and dust with powdered sugar, if using. Top with bananas and caramel. Serve with butter and syrup, if desired.
Egg in a heart with candied bacon
A heart-shaped cookie cutter adds a Valentine’s Day touch to this breakfast staple, while candied bacon is the perfect sweet and smoky partner.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
6 slices thick-cut bacon
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon fennel seed, coarsely ground (optional but recommended)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 thick slices of bread, like shokupan, brioche, or challah
2 large eggs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Place the bacon in a single layer on the rack without overlapping slices. Distribute half of the brown sugar evenly among the slices of bacon and spread using the back of a spoon. Season with half of the fennel seed, if using.
Bake for 10 minutes, then turn each slice of bacon and apply the remaining sugar and fennel. Continue to bake until bacon is crisp and all the sugar has melted into a shiny glaze, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the rack.
Using a 2- or 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the centers out of each slice of bread. To a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter. When foamy, add bread and crack an egg into the center of each heart cut-out; season with salt and pepper. Cook until egg whites are starting to set up and bread is golden brown (use the heart shapes to gauge browning) then carefully turn with a spatula and continue cooking until eggs reach desired doneness.
Serve immediately with candied bacon on the side.
A simple mimosa will cut through the richness of a decadent breakfast. If grapefruit isn’t your thing, try Cara Cara, blood orange, or even tangerine juice. (You can also stir up one of these mocktails.)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 6 minutes
Pink sanding sugar, for rims
¼ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 half bottle sparkling wine, chilled
Place a few spoons of sanding sugar in a small saucer. Run a little piece of the grapefruit around the rim of two champagne flutes, then dip into the sugar.
Divide the grapefruit juice between each glass then top off with sparkling wine. Serve immediately.
Breakfast in bed ideas you can enjoy any day of the year
You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day or another holiday to treat your significant other to breakfast in bed. These easy breakfast in bed ideas can be enjoyed year-round.
Chorizo hash and eggs
Crispy potatoes, smoky sausage, and baked eggs are an excellent start to the day. This epic breakfast feast from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is packed with spicy chorizo, green chilies, and topped with avocado.
Stuffed French toast
Level up French toast with fillings like fruit, sweetened cream cheese, or even a chocolate spread. This French toast recipe from Jerrelle Guy is stuffed with homemade blackberry compote and dusted with powdered sugar that she says is reminiscent of a jelly doughnut. Yes, please.
Quiche with hash brown crust
Quiche may seem old-fashioned, but a crispy hash brown base gives the classic dish a tasty update. With creamy egg custard, two kinds of cheese, smoky bacon, and golden potatoes, this savory quiche recipe from Maki Yazawa ticks all right boxes.
Oatmeal is already a warm hug in a bowl, but creative mix-ins make it extra special. From spiced honey to toasted coconut to candied bacon, the combinations are endless. This oatmeal recipe by Aaron Hutcherson has silky pumpkin, warming spices, and walnuts—but the real star is fresh pomegranate seeds which add sweet-tart flavor and a pop of pink.
Homemade Eggs Benedict is always impressive, and it’s easier than you’d think. Use these clever, time-saving hacks for perfectly poached eggs and decadent hollandaise on-the-fly from Recipe Tin Eats.
Freshly baked granola, yogurt, and seasonal fruit thoughtfully layered in a lovely glass can be special occasion-worthy. This turmeric and honey granola from the blog My Moroccan Food is beautifully spiced easy to make.
The genius of skillet omelets is being able to pack in tons of delicious fillings without having to fold or flip. This one-pan wonder from the duo at Food Heaven is full of flavor, looks beautiful, and is healthy to boot.
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