Mothers Day, it’s this Sunday. Don’t panic, you still have time!
Yes, Mothers Day is upon us and we all know the fear. What do I get mum? Should I take her out for breakfast? Should we go somewhere for lunch? Do I get a generic playlist CD designed for the special day? Yes, there are lots of questions that need answering, and unfortunately, time is running out.
From burnt toast to bad coffee, your mother, our mothers have over the years endured the annual ritual of “trying too hard” and not quite getting it right. Breakfasts have been ruined, lunches with plenty of leftovers and chocolates that are fine until the usual moan of “you shouldn’t have given me these” is ushered through the house.
We’ve all been there. In fact, just put a basic question into Google about Mothers Day and you will be rewarded with, the date, the perfect present and guides on “what not to do.” ‘Burn the toast’ features rather heavily. There are of course lots of nuggets of advice which feature, “go for a walk” but that doesn’t feel particularly special.
A little history
A lot of what we see as Mothers Day today is only just over a hundred years old. It was thanks to the US activist, Anna Jarvis. Fulfilling a promise to her own mother, it was her late mother’s wish to see all mums celebrated. Starting in 1905, Anna and other activists around the country got together to see a national holiday created, by 1911, Mothers Day was celebrated across 48 states. Not bad before the time of Facebook or the internet!
Of course, the traditions of today can date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who worshiped their own gods, and set aside a period in their respective calendars to their “mother gods.” Giving of flowers, and lavish feasts have been transported to the modern day, of course with some much-needed changes; there is no sacrificing a baby animal, thankfully.
To avoid a Mothers Day disaster there are a few things you could do. There’s going out for breakfast, actually we’d recommend that, there’s getting the family together for a spot of brunch, a nice Sunday roast or an enjoyable afternoon doing something fun for mum, and then of course there is stepping into the kitchen and preparing something spectacular.
Luckily, we have just the recipe for you, our Rhubarb Frangipane from our Head Pastry Chef, Sean.
It’s simple, doesn’t take a lot of time and you can’t go wrong. If you’re prone to burning toast, get a bit of help, if not, this simple dessert is the kind of thing that will get mum thanking you for putting in the effort for a truly spectacular dish.”
Check out our recipe below.
Rhubarb Frangipane by our Head Pastry Chef, Sean
– 250g Unsalted Butter
– 250g Caster Sugar
– 250g Ground Almonds
– 50g Plain Flour
– 4 Medium Eggs
– Pinch Salt
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg a little at a time, mixing constantly. Add the flour, almonds and salt. Mix together until combined.
Pipe into greased moulds up to about 3/4 full (we have used one approximately 65ml in volume, but you can use any size you have, just adjust the cooking time accordingly)
Wash and trim sticks of rhubarb (forced preferably) to a length similar to the depth of the mould you are using.
Push rhubarb sticks into the frangipane vertically.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top and just about cooked through.
Serve with ice cream and a few whole roasted almonds.
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