Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes:
Cakes, Scones, Tarts & Sandwiches
It’s British Mothering Sunday, (Mother’s Day) this Sunday the 30th of March, time to dust off the best china, bring posies of spring flowers into the house and bake cakes and other delicious treats for our mums. I was hoping to share a new recipe with you this year, but time and travel have stolen the few spare hours I had, so I am sharing some older recipes as well as some newly commissioned recipes with you all today. I DO have a wonderful spring cake recipe in mind, and I will be making it (and testing it!) next week, just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day around the rest of the globe.
So, why is British Mother’s Day different to the rest of the world? For a start the correct name is Mothering Sunday, and the day originates from the practice of visiting your “mother church” or dioceses ; the Victorians then linked it to our more commercial mother’s day of today by suggesting that it was also a day to visit your “earthly” mothers and treat them to chocolates, flowers and cakes, as well as giving cards. Mothering Sunday in Britain is linked to the Christian calendar, and always falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. Also known as Refreshment Sunday or Rose Sunday, it is a date linked with food and the relaxing of strict Lenten fasting, hence the opportunity to enjoy eggs, butter and of course cake!
It’s one of my favourite days in the British calendar of feasts and festivals, and if I can’t visit my mum, I always make sure she has a card and a gift to open and enjoy on the day. If I am able to visit her, then I always arrive bearing cake and flowers. I think that all of today’s recipes for spring cakes would be more than welcome and appropriate for this special day. As well as cakes, my recipe for little cheese and vegetable tarts, cut out in the shape of daisies (flowers) would also make a welcome appearance on the tea time table, plus they are so pretty too, and more importantly they are meat-free, as my mum is a vegetarian.
So, what’s on the menu in my Mothering Sunday recipe share? Well, we have cake and cakes, of course. We also have little savoury tarts, scones and some dainty sandwiches. All that is needed then is to make a bog pot of freshly brewed tea, or maybe some fresh coffee if your mum’s are like mine and prefer a milky coffee. Push the boat out for the sandwiches, and well as cucumber why not make some cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, or cream cheese and mixed herbs.
A big bowl of salad and some freshly boiled eggs are also wonderful accompaniments for a special Mothering Sunday tea, and I often like to make a fruit cake. I hope that today’s post will provide you with some recipe ideas and seasonal inspiration, have a wonderful day on Sunday if you are lucky enough to be with your mums, and do pop back to see what new recipes I have been creating, as well as couple enter in to a couple of new giveaways too. Karen
Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes:
Lemon Drizzle Cake with Edible Flowers
Cheddar and Broccoli Spring Onion Tartlets
Little Chocolate & Violet Fancies
Little Victoria Lemon Daisy Cakes
Herb Garden Tea Sandwiches with Cream Cheese
Victorian Watercress Tea Sandwiches for High Tea
Old-Fashioned Rose Lemonade Scones
Low Calorie Vanilla Bean Scones
For those of us not lucky enough to have a mother to visit but who are mothers ourselves, any suggestions for recipes for children to make for, or with, their mums?
Most of these featured recipes are easy to make and the children would love to be involved in all of them, especially the little cheese tarts and small daisy cakes! Karen
Glamorous Glutton says
A fabulous selection of yummyness, some mums are going to be very lucky! GG
Thanks GG – I hope you are going to be a lucky mum this Sunday too!
Heidi Roberts says
Lovely round up Karen, especially love the lemon drizzle cake.
Thanks very much Heidi!
Everything here is so pretty and dainty. I espeically admire the lemon daisy cakes. I already thought your blog was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever read, but your new look is even more gorgeous than the last! I love how clean and light-filled and elegant the layout is.
Thanks so much Alexandra! I LOVE my new look site too, but it is great to get such positive feedback from my friends and readers! 🙂
Danielle Vedmore says
Everything looks so pretty! I love the lemon drizzle cake with the flowers (one of my mums favourites! Happy Mothers Day to you for Sunday! ) xxx
Thanks so much Danielle! Lemon drizzle is also one my favourite cakes too!
Wish I’d read this earlier. I was trying to explain to my mum and co. today that Mothering Sunday was something to do with the Church, only I couldn’t remember quite what!
I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen real daisies on a cake Karen – lovely.
Thanks Choclette! Yes, daisies are edible and I have some new recipes that use them to share soon!
Tracy Nixon says
Tina @ The Spicy Pear says
A beautiful collection of recipes that would be perfect for mothers day or any occasion really, especially the lemon drizzle cake, which I have a real weakness for.
It seems that Lemon Drizzle is a very popular cake with all Tina! I love it too!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
The lemon drizzle cake looks amazing. I love the new look of you blog too 🙂
Thanks Dannii! I love my new look too, so pleased that is getting a great response from my friends and readers too!
Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry says
The lemon drizzle cake has got my vote.
London Unattached Lifestyle and Travel says
very pretty collection of bakes. The posy is what piqued my memory most though, I remember my Sunday School class being turned over to making victorian posies for us to take home to our mothers when I was about eight. And I really do remember my mum’s face when I presented her with my own raggedy posy!
Thanks Fiona! Aww……..what a LOVELY and very poignant memory – something that you must keep close to you now your mum has gone too…..Hugs xxxx
Loving the lovely little quiche, cute sandwiches and a nice piece of cake along with a little touch of history, even though its not mother’s day here.
Thanks Denise! I always thought that Australian mothers day was the same day, when is yours? May?
If I was a Mum and my kids served this to me I would be over the moon! Lovely selection of treats Karen! xx
Thanks so much Sylvia! 🙂
What Kate Baked says
What a lovely selection of Mothers Day treats Karen. I’ve always loved your mini chocolate cakes. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!
Thanks Kate! I am not with Hannah or my mum, but I am having a lovely relaxing weekend thanks! 🙂
Louisa Foti says
Happy Mothers Day Karen, and what a fine selection of fancies you have on offer here! I made a special sunday lunch for my Mum today rather than a cake, she’s trying so hard to cut out the calories these days and a whole cake would be a little too tempting!
That’s a brilliant idea Lou and something that lots of mums would prefer over cake I’m sure!
Madeleine Morrow says
What a splendid spread – if I was given even one of these cakes I would be over the moon.. When my kids are a bit older I will suggest they take a look at this blog post! Hope you had a lovely day yourself.
Thanks Madeleine, That’s a good idea, keep this in mind for the future and then sit back and be pampered!
YUM!!! I haven’t had breakfast yet & my tummy just growled in appreciation Karen 🙂
Thanks Janie, I hope your had a lovely weekend too…….
rebecca nisbet says
i put a stone on just looking at these pictures! going to have to give a few of these a go
Susan G | Well Seasoned says
Firstly – I’ve just found your blog, and I just love it. It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia this Sunday (11th May). I am contemplating a menu, but keep deviating towards spring produce, because it seems more appropriate. Arg! So far I have an Orange/Almond Cake on the menu, and scones with homemade strawberry jam and that’s it. Do you have any Autumnal fragrant suggestions? Thanks x
Karen Burns-Booth says
Hello and welcome Susan and I am so pleased you like my blog/site!
I have a few ideas for you, hope they may fit the bill for you!
Spiced Mirabelle Plum Galette Recipe made with plums or apples and pears?
Cheese Savoury (Sandwich Filling) Recipe fabulous sandwich filling for dainty sarnies?
Figs stuffed with Blue Cheese and Lavender Honey Drizzle (Recipe) for the cheeseboard?
Cheese, Onion and Potato Pasties Recipe