When I was a child our parents would put us on our bikes and send us off to Sunday School at the nearest church, two and a half miles away. It was probably the only bit of peace and quiet they got all weekend.
We weren’t keen on sticking pictures of an improbably blond, blue-eyed Christ into little books while being catechised by well-meaning parish ladies, so we often faked a puncture.
But I did love the Mothering Sunday service, when each of us children would be presented with a tiny, fragrant bunch of violets, their stems still wet, to give to our mums when we got home. It was a charming tradition, even if mine usually got bunged in an egg cup on the kitchen window sill, where it rapidly wilted.
If that doesn’t appeal and you still want to give your mum a cake … or help your kids make one for you to scoff yourself … you might want to have a look at the following recipes.
Lemon Polenta Drizzle Cakes: my personal favourite. Make them as individual cakes and share them round the family.
Devil’s Food Cake: definitely one for the chocaholics and not for dieters. Check your cream, sugar and chocolate stocks before embarking on it.
Rhubarb and Orange Friands: rhubarb is in season now and these airy little bites are a joy to eat. Make them on the day as they don’t keep well.
Italian Easter Flower Pot Breads: I’m getting ahead on the church calendar here but these fruity enriched tea breads are fun to make in their clay flower pots and make a pretty gift, tied with a ribbon.
Chocolate Tiffin Crunch: if you can’t be bothered with baking, these are child’s play to make and again, can be attractively packaged as a present.
Happy Mothering Sunday to all you mums out there. I hope your family brings you breakfast in bed, takes you out for lunch and generally spoils you rotten.