Give your mum something special for Mother’s Day by baking a cake, cookies, truffles or making chocolate bars. All wonderfully chocolatey (using cacao, cocoa and / or dark chocolate) and with a modern twist, these impressive but simple to make recipes will make her feel particularly special.
Mother’s Day is on Sunday 11th March this year (2018) and is a day when we can show our love and appreciation for everything that our mum has done, and continues to do, for us. Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world but falls on different days depending on where you are. In the UK and Ireland Mothering Sunday is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day was the one day when fasting during Lent would be eased for the day so that families could enjoy a meal food together. Known as ‘refreshment day’ it was a day to temporarily indulge in some special food for the day. Simnel Cake or freshly baked bread is often associated with Easter but traditionally would have been baked and given to mums on Mother’s Day along with flowers (workers would pick wild flowers from the country lanes on their way home from work).
So we thought that it would be a great idea to keep up with the tradition of giving something baked on Mother’s Day to make your mum feel special – perhaps a home baked cake, cookies or truffles?
We have put together some wonderful recipes that we know your mum would love on Mother’s Day. All wonderfully chocolatey (using cacao, cocoa and / or dark chocolate) and with a modern twist, these impressive but simple to make recipes – four of which have been created for us by professional baker Charlotte White and two by Great British Chefs. A certain way to make your mum feel totally cared for this Mother’s Day! Why not try one of these easy but very impressive recipes for Mother’s Day this year?
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ENJOYING FOOD TOGETHER ON MOTHER’S DAY GOES BACK A LONG WAY
As with any other celebration or festival, food always seems to play a major role! Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated with lunch (often a Roast) then there is Christmas lunch, Easter eggs, Valentine’s Day dinner, birthday cake and other celebration cakes – to name but a few. We all love our food and the tradition it brings!
Mother’s Day was one day when fasting during Lent would be eased for the day so that people could enjoy a meal together as a family. Known as ‘refreshment day’ it was a day to temporarily indulge in some special food for the day.
Traditionally, after church, families would tuck into a Sunday dinner of either roast lamb or veal and mother would be made ‘Queen of the feast’. Similar to today, Mothering Sunday was all about spoiling mum and making her feel happy and appreciated.
Also once known as ‘Simnel Sunday’, families would gather with freshly baked delicious Simnel cakes. Simnel cakes are made of two rich fruity layers that are boiled in water and then baked, before having almond paste spread on top and in the middle of the layers. Traditionally the cake would have been decorated with 11 balls of marzipan to represent the 11 disciples (not including Judas), whilst sugar violets were also a popular decoration for the cake. Such a treat midway through lent was greatly looked forward to. It’s also believed that bread was freshly baked for mothers on Mothering Sunday. Children would awake early and get the bread in the oven so mums would wake to the beautiful aroma of fresh bread.
WHEN DID THE TRADITION OF MOTHER’S DAY BEGIN?
We all celebrate Mother’s Day but did you know that it is a celebration that goes back as far as the Ancient Greeks when they celebrated Rhea (Mother of the Gods and Goddesses) every spring with festivals of worship? The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC.
In the 16th Century it became a day dedicated to giving thanks and honouring the Virgin Mary (Mother Mary). This tradition continued for many centuries following this. However, by 1935 it had started to decrease in popularity and so was celebrated less and less in Europe – until World War II. In particular, The Americans and Canadians celebrated Mother’s Day during the war, feeling a crucial need to give thanks to their mothers whilst children were away at war. The British and other Europeans followed their comrades and they too gave thanks to their mothers and, since then, it has held a special place in the UK calendar.
THE HISTORY OF MOTHERING SUNDAY
Like many traditions and festivities, Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Such celebrations required people to visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral in a family’s area. The spread of Christianity throughout Europe in the 16th century increased the popularity and firmly put Mothering Sunday on the calendar. It was believed to be essential for people to return to their home ‘mother’ church to make it a true family honoured occasion. The gatherings reunited families and gave children who worked as domestic servants, or as apprentices away from home (from as early as ten years old), the opportunity to have the day off to join their family and see their mother.
Throughout the year in England and Ireland people would regularly and devoutly visit their nearest chapel, their ‘daughter’ church, whereas on Mothering Sunday, as well as baptisms, people would visit their ‘mother’ church loaded with offerings of thanks. Such celebrations were similar to, and most likely initially adopted, by Roman ceremonies of the Mother Goddess. The religious day increased its scope from thanking Mother Mary to a ‘mother’ church celebration and finally opened up as an occasion to thank and appreciate all mothers; thus creating Mothering Sunday.