Daily Archives: 28 March 2011

Mother’s Day approaches

So Mother’s Day is nearly upon us. Do young children still give their mothers a posy of primroses and/or violets and a card they’ve made themselves? It’s a lovely tradition.

Happy Mother's DayMothering Sunday is the old-fashioned name for the day. Apparently, folk used to attend the largest church in their area on this day, their ‘mother’ church, and were said to have gone ‘mothering’.

Domestic servants and apprentices were given the day off (maybe the only one in the year) to go and visit their mothers. So although it may be a bit commercialised now, it was always a big deal!

Mother’s Day is always the fourth Sunday in Lent – over halfway through, so not long to go if you’ve given up something difficult to resist.

At one time a simnel cake was baked and kept for Easter. What restraint! Simnel cakes are covered in marzipan – try this delicious Simnel Cake recipe.

I’m planning to have a go at the Coffee Battenberg on page 111 of this year’s Dairy Diary, and there’s no chance that it’ll last till Easter.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Dairy Diary Team.


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Coffee Battenberg

Surprisingly easy and very British despite its name

Coffee Battenberg from Dairy Diary 2011Serves 6-8
Time 1 hour
Calories 633 per portion
Fat 28g of which 12.7g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Butter 175g (6oz)
Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
Eggs 3, beaten
Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
Coffee essence 4 tsp
Milk 1 tbsp
Ginger marmalade 10 tbsp
Marzipan 450g (1lb)
Crystallised ginger 2 pieces, chopped to decorate, optional

1 Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm (8in) square cake tin. Line with foil, making a pleat in centre to height of tin to divide in half, grease.

2 Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and beat in the eggs and flour alternately until smooth. Divide mixture in half, fold coffee essence into one half and milk into other.

3 Spoon one flavour into either side of tin. Bake for 30-35 minutes then turn onto a wire rack to cool.

4 Trim cakes to same size and cut both in half lengthways. Spread side of one brown piece with marmalade and gently push together with a plain piece. Brush more marmalade on top of both and lay the remaining brown piece on the plain piece and vice versa.

5 Roll out marzipan on non-stick baking paper dusted with icing sugar until large enough to wrap around cake. Spread with marmalade and carefully roll around cake, smoothing in place. Trim off excess, crimp along edges. Decorate with crystallised ginger.

Recipe taken from Dairy Diary 2011.

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