If you are taking your mum out for a meal or buying flowers this Sunday 14 March , are you aware of some of the reasons why?
Here are some very interesting “Mother’s Day” facts:
Mothers day is also known as Mothering Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday or Mid-Lent Sunday,
Mothers day in the UK is held on the 4th Sunday (which is the middle Sunday) of Lent. (The period of fasting before Easter)
Members of the working classes were often given the weekend off in the middle part of lent to visit their families, which eventually became associated with the bringing of gifts home to their mothers, especially flowers or a fruitcake called a Simnel cake. A simnel cake is a fruit cake with Marzipan on top , usually with 12 balls on top to represent the 12 apostles who betrayed Christ.
Ingredients for Simnel cake:
- 300g/10oz self raising flour
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
- 110g/4oz butter or margarine
- 110g/4oz brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
- 350g/12oz mixed dry fruit
- 2 eggs
- approx. 100 ml milk to mix
- 700g Marzipan
- 2 tablespoons of icing sugar for decoration
- Rub the margarine into the flour, Add all the dry ingredients i.e. sugar, spice and dried fruit. Stir well.
- Add eggs and golden syrup
- Add milk to form a soft mixture
- Stir well and combine the rest of the ingredients
- Grease a round 8 inch tin
- Place half the mixture in the tin. Roll out one third of the marzipan.
- Lay the marzipan on top of the mixture. Add the remaining mixture on top
- Cook on gas Mark 3 `150 C 325 F for just over an hour
- When Cooled for a short time turn the cake out onto a wire rack
- Allow to cool thoroughly mix icing sugar and spread on the top of the fruit cake for the marzipan to stick.
- Then with the remaining marzipan make up 12 balls and stick with icing sugar.
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