Today is Laetare Sunday, known at St. Bede’s as “Pink Stole Sunday” because the liturgical colour for today is rose.
It is also tradition on Laetare Sunday to make a simnel cake. Here is the recipe:
Combine the following ingredients and bake in a greased loaf pan at 300 for one hour
1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
2 ounces candied citron peel
1½ cups currants (or raisins)
Cool the cake on a rack, then slice and wrap individual slices in foil or plastic wrap.
Food is a wonderful way of marking the changing seasons of the year. During Lent it is traditional to eat pretzels. Here is a recipe for them:
1 ½ cups water
A pinch of sugar
1 tsp yeast
4 cups flour
Kneed into dough, adding flour as needed. Divide into 16 equal portions. Roll each one out and shape into a pretzel. Place on cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated oven at 425 for 12-15 minutes. You may coat them with egg and sprinkle with salt.
What do you do to mark the changing seasons of the year?