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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some More Lughnasadh/Lammas Recipes

Garlic Lughnasadh Nut Bread

12 oz. malted brown flour
5 oz. white flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. chopped nuts and sunflower seeds
1 packet yeast (7g)
1 1/4 cups warm water
 Sesame or poppy seeds
1 egg, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 2 oz. milk beaten together lightly
1 small chopped clove garlic (or to taste)

Before you begin, bless the flour by holding your palms above it and drawing a pentagram of Earth across it. Then, bless the flour, wheat and bread in the same way. Mix all of the ingredients together with the warm water and place onto a clean surface. Knead the dough for atleast 10 minutes then form into the shape of a man. Brush on a little of the egg and milk.

Keep the shape simple and thinner than you want the finished bread to be as it will grow while baking. Now, cover with cling/plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm, draft-free area until it doubles in size.

Prior to cooking, re-apply more of the egg and milk mixture and sprinkle with the sesame or poppy seeds. Bake at 450 degrees F. in a pre-heated oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Beef Barley Soup

2 quarts water
Beef, chopped
1/2 cup celery tops
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 cup uncooked barley
3 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (optional)
1 cup sliced celery
2 cups sliced parsnips
2 cups thinly sliced onions
1 can 12 oz. tomato paste

Combine water and celery tops. Bring to a boil and cover lightly. Simmer for 2 hours and then stir in barley and chopped meat. Cook for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 more minutes or until veggies are tender.

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This last recipe is one which I used to make many years ago as a teenager. It is very easy to make and it is still definitely one of my favs ... I hope you all enjoy!

Peanut Butter 'n' Jelly Cake

(Total time: Preparation 15 min., Bake 35 min. & cooling. Makes 12 servings)

1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup peanut butter (Reduced-fat peanut butter not recommended for this recipe)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk

Frosting
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup plus tbsp. peanut butter
1 3/4 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners' sugar
4 to 6 tbsp. milk
3/4 cup grape jelly

In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add the peanut butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each additon. 

Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small bowl beat butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the vanilla, confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve speading consistency. 

Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with jelly. Top with the remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of cake with frosting. 

4 comments:

  1. These all look great, I'm going to have to give them a try!

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  2. These all look amazing...not even kidding. I did have a question though. My friend is Wicca, and her birthday is coming up soon. I don't know very much about her beliefs, but I know she's passionate. Do you think if I got her some meditation and prayer tools, she'd like them? Would she be offended? I was thinking of something like the ones here http://thenewagesource.com

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    1. Thank you Courtney! It has been my experience with other Wiccans that when it comes to certain tools of the craft (such as altar items, tools, etc.), most prefer to purchase or make their own as these items are considered extremely personal and they are/will be empowered and charged with our own personal energy for use. Not knowing your friend's preferences; however, may I suggest perhaps a Wiccan Prayer Book of some kind or a book which contains Wiccan and/or Earth poems or meditations in them?

      Love & Light

      Kim

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  3. These all look so good Kim! Yummy recipes! I have to try that cake!!!
    Big Hugs ;o) xoxoxo

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