Rustic sun bread tastes like a slice of the summer harvest season.
The best creative Lammas bread recipes make the most of seasonal ingredients. This one incorporates local honey, hand-gathered sunflower seeds and whole grains.
Adorn your harvest table with a loaf of magical goodness.
Meaning of the ingredients.
Staying mindful of the meaning of the ingredients while you cook gives a kitchen witch recipe its magic.
Throughout the world and across cultures, people associate bees with magic and the supernatural.
The ancient Romans believed that bees carried messages from the gods. Egyptians made offerings of honey to the dead in their tombs.
And in modern witchcraft, practitioners associate honey with the summer festivals.
Symbolizing abundance, prosperity and sun magic, include sunflower seeds in this recipe to draw luck and honor the waning sun.
All parts of the sunflower are used in joy magic and to brighten moods.
They also taste scrumptious in bread.
Lammas is really a celebration of the grain harvest.
Which is why bread-baking is a traditional activity on this lovely, late-summer holiday.
Choose high-quality flour for this recipe, and get it from a local source if possible!
Make the most of your bread!
Baking bread is an energetic ritual process. Use your loaf to its fullest magical potential with one or more of these ideas.
-Save a piece to leave on your Lammas altar as an offering.
-Serve it as an alternative to cake during the cakes & ale portion of your coven Lammas ritual.
-Give a loaf away to a new neighbor to begin the bonds of neighborly friendship.
-Draw sacred symbols in your bread before you bake it.
-Freeze your bread for up to 2 weeks and serve it to honor the extended summer harvest season.
-1.5 cups lukewarm water
-4 tablespoons honey
-1 packet instant yeast
-2 tablespoons sunflower oil (or sub olive oil)
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds (plus more for topping)
-1.5 cups whole wheat flour
-2 teaspoons salt
-1.5 – 2 cups white flour
-1 egg white
Whisk together yeast, honey and warm water. Allow it to stand until frothy, about 5 minutes.
Place sunflower seeds in a blender and pulse for a few seconds until roughly chopped.
Stir the sunflower seeds together with the whole wheat flour and salt. Add yeast water and sunflower oil and stir until combined.
Add in about 1/2 the white flour, working the dough by hand.
As you knead, add in more white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place back in the bowl, cover it with a clean towel, and allow it to rise for about an hour, or until it doubles in size.
Punch down dough and divide into 2 loaves. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Allow it to rise again, for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (or 375 if it runs hot).
Brush the tops of your bread loaves with egg whites, and sprinkle some un-chopped sunflower seeds on the tops of the loaves.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown on the tops.