On Mother’s Day…

For those of us whose moth­ers are no longer here, Mother’s Day is slightly mourn­ful. The old rituals of mak­ing homemade cards, tying bunches of mis­matched wild flowers and car­ry­ing break­fast upstairs on wobbly trays have gone. It becomes a day of absence, rather than joy­ful presence.

But let’s make today a cel­eb­ra­tion any­way. Relive the won­der­ful memor­ies — the moments when you and your mum laughed uncon­trol­lably at some­thing that wasn’t even funny, the day she watched you win at sports day, the day she con­soled you when you came last. Because Mother’s Day is Mother’s Day whether your mum is here or not.

It seems to me that the per­fect thing to eat on Mother’s Day is after­noon tea — the meal that moth­ers never make for themselves.

So this after­noon I’m going to eat homemade scones with clot­ted cream and black­cur­rant jam and raise a cup of tea to my mum and to all moth­ers everywhere.


But­ter­milk Scones

This recipe is based on one in Brit­ish Bak­ing by Peyton and Byrne

Makes 8 scones

240g self rais­ing flour

50g caster sugar

2 tea­spoons bak­ing powder

Pinch of salt

60g cold butter

175ml but­ter­milk

Beaten egg for brushing

Pre­heat the oven to 170 degrees C and line a tin with bak­ing paper.

Sift the flour, sugar, bak­ing powder and salt into a mix­ing bowl. Add the cold but­ter, cut into small cubes. I use an elec­tric stand mixer to rub it in, but you can use your fin­gers if you prefer. Add the but­ter­milk and mix until it just forms a dough. Form into a ball and rest in the fridge for ten minutes or so. Roll out until 2.5 to 3 cm thick and with a 5cm cut­ter make 8 scones. Brush them with a little beaten egg. Cook for 25 minutes and then allow them to cool com­pletely in the tin before you remove them.

And as a little post­script.… my chil­dren have just brought me break­fast in bed, homemade cards and a bunch of mis­matched wild flowers. So it turns out that life really does go on…

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14 thoughts on “On Mother’s Day…

  1. Another deli­cious blog (but no recipe — I sup­pose one can find out how to make scones in any cook­book). I won­der if the very alert-looking cat got one? It would have to be a tinned sal­mon I expect. Won­der­ful pho­tos as ever.

  2. Glad you like it Jakey. I didn’t include the recipe at first because I thought every­one might have a favour­ite scone recipe already. But since you raised it, I’ve added the recipe to the post after all.
    Charlie

  3. Your Mum had good taste — black­berry is my favour­ite.
    Lovely tabby and he (?she) looks great with the Mus­cari. I hope it was more sweet than bit­ter­sweet in the end

  4. Thanks oxslip. And yes, it was def­in­itely more sweet than bit­ter­sweet. My cat loves eat­ing flowers so her next move after I took the pic­ture was to lunge for a great mouth­ful of muscari!

  5. Oops I meant black­cur­rant — though I like black­berry too, the sharp­ness of cur­rants is really good.
    Funny cat, it knows you like the flowers. Mine woke me up push­ing things one by one off the bed­side table onto the floor today, they aren’t stupid.

  6. Lovely blog post — made me go all “aaaah”, which was nice because shortly before­hand I’d been lec­tur­ing my son (fin­ger­wag­ging and everything) about talk­ing down to me. I needed a little bit of “aaah”, so thankyou. :)

  7. Beau­ti­ful pho­tos! :) Sounds like a won­der­ful day! I may make some of your lovely scones for a week­end after­noon tea in the garden! xxxx

  8. Hi girls who like to gorge
    I hope you enjoy your after­noon tea in the garden — let me know how it goes. And thanks so much for vis­it­ing Eggs on the Roof..
    Charlie

  9. And I meant to say thank you for becom­ing a fol­lower girls who like to gorge — it’s very much appreciated.

  10. Hello from someone who hopes to come to Food Blog­ger Con­nect. I love your blog. Beau­ti­ful pho­to­graphs — JX

  11. Hi J
    Thank you very much — how kind. Do try to come to Food Blog­ger Con­nect. It’s a huge amount of fun.
    Charlie

  12. Hello Charlie, these occa­sions can be bit­ter­sweet indeed. For all sorts of reas­ons — includ­ing loss. But I loved your idea of after­noon tea. In fact, that is what I wanted to do on Mother’s Day. We went to Tate Bri­tain, looked at some beau­ti­ful paint­ings and had tea and scones in the lovely res­taur­ant. Per­fect! Hope to see you again soon. x

  13. Hi Pas­cale
    It sounds as though you had a Mother’s Day to remem­ber. Did you see the Water­col­our exhib­i­tions? I loved it too.
    See you soon x

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