A recipe for Simmnel Cake. Traditionally (in England) eaten on this Sunday and given to children (in service) who were allowed to visit their parents on this day, and gathered flower posies to take as with them as well.
We should include thanksgiving (in some places) and prayers for the minimization of child labour.
I found this recipe on a newsgroup:
Simnel Cake has traditionally been served on the fourth Sunday in Lent since medieval times. The word "simnel" is medieval English, meaning a cake of fine flour. For centuries, it has been the custom in England for children to return to their homes and visit their parents on this weekend. It was also the occasion for their visiting the mother church where they were reared.
At the end of the service, each person received a piece of simnel cake, symbolic of the richness of God's love, and of giving strength to continue the Lenten road of discipline.
5 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. Mace
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
3 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/3 Cup brown sugar
12 oz butter
3 tblsp. Milk
1 lb. Raisins
1/2 lb. Currants
1/2 lb almond paste
Sift flour with baking powder and spices. Cream together butter and sugar.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
Toss 1/2 cup flour with raisins and currants. Beat in flour mixture with milk.
Stir in the fruit mixture.
Pour half the batter into pan then roll out the almond paste over half of batter.
Pour remaining batter in pan.
Bake in a greased baking tin two hours at 275 degrees. [that is low] Store wrapped in foil for several days before serving.