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Even though it is much more commonly called Mothers Day, consistent with a great many other countries worldwide the real name is Mothering Sunday and it always occurs in the united kingdom on the fourth Sunday of Lent which makes it 3 weeks before Easter Sunday. This year Mothers day falls on 3rd April.

The origins of Mothers Day are believed to date back to the Romans and are thought to represent the Earth Mother Cybele. But in the 17th Century the focus moved to our own Mothers caused by the practice of the allowing children in service to visit their parents one per year. Traditionally the replica ebel beluga for sale children who had little money would take with them a gift of flowers along with a cake called a Simnel cake, which they were allowed to bake in their spare time. The Simnel cake has a religious slant with the eleven marzipan balls on the top representing eleven of the apostles, missing out Judas Iscariot Jesus betrayer.

The tradition of Mothering Sunday began to fade by the 1920s but then came The second world war and the interest in Mothers Day cheap patek philippe neptune watches was revived, probably because of the soldiers being away from home and missing their loved ones.

Nowadays Mothers Day is ulysse nardin gmt big date online synonymous with the giving of flowers and maybe a little gift. So why not send your mother a bouquet of flowers and give her a Simnel cake. Whilst it is most important to send the flowers that your mother loves in her favourite colour the conventional flowers for Mothers Day are either Pink Carnations representing Love or Roses with Red representing Love and Pink representing Joy. For the mother who is sadly no longer with us White carnations mean Respect. To make a Simnel Cake the following is one recipe:

Ingredients: 500g pack dried replica audemars piguet millenary mixed fruits (currants, raisins, sultanas, glace cherries) 80g candied chopped peel Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 175g English Butter 175g light muscovado sugar 4 medium free range eggs, beaten 225g plain flour 2 fake iwc davinci watches tsp Mixed Spice 500g pack Golden Marzipan 100g pack Flaked Almonds, toasted Apricot jam, warmed and sieved

Method Preheat the oven to 170��C, gas mark 3. Grease and line the sides and base of a 20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. Place the fruit into a bowl with the grated zest and lemon juice and set aside.

Beat together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, with an electric whisk, until pale. Gradually add the eggs, beat well between each addition - if the mixture begins to curdle, add a little flour. Sieve the flour and girard perregaux vintage 1945 online mixed spice over the mixture, then fold in until combined. Cut 200g marzipan into cubes and fold into the mixture with the reserved fruit and almonds, until evenly distributed. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until the cake is firm to the touch and a skewer, when inserted, comes out clean. Cool in the tin.

To decorate, remove the baking parchment from the cake. Roll half the remaining marzipan into a 20cm round. Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and place the rolled marzipan on top. Using your finger and thumb gently pinch the outer edge all the way round.

Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls and position around the edge. Place under a preheated high grill for 1-2 minutes or until golden and finish with a ribbon decoration.

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