Sunday, 2 August 2009

Lammas loaf

As yesterday was Lammas/Lughnasadh, I decided to honour the day with a special loaf; out came the mill for the flour, and I concocted a new recipe. The resulting loaf is a good, sturdy bread, sweetened with honey and dried fruit, enriched with egg. For me, it captures the time of year perfectly, for the new harvest.

8 oz wholemeal flour
generous tablespoon of local honey
1 large free range egg, beaten
handful of dried fruit of your choice - mine was mixed
yeast of your choice, activated if required I used the quick yeast for this)
warm water to mix
extra flour for kneading

Put your flour into a large bowl, add dried fruit and honey, then beaten egg, then yeast. Mix with knife, and add warm water to get a good dough mix. Turn out on to a floured board and knead for 8 - 10 minutes or so. Shape loaf as you wish, and place on greased and floured tray or into a shaped tin. Leave to rise in a warm place, then bake in a good quick oven for 30 - 40 minutes. Turn out to cool; nicest eaten cold with good butter.

Lammas was one of the great pagan festivals of Britain - known as Lughnasadh or Lughnasa in Ireland and Scotland;The Gule of August, as it was called, probably celebrated the realisation of the first-fruits of the earth, and more particularly that of the grain harvest. When christianity was intorduced, the day continued to be observed as a festival on these grounds, and from a loaf being the usual offering at church, came to be called Hlaf-mass, subsequently shortened to Lammas.


Simone said...

This sounds lovely. May I ask how much dried fruit you used?

MrsL said...

Sorry - about a handful; I'll go back and edit it now fro clarification.


Spirit of Old said...

Definately one to try ... I love Lammas, such a good time of year :) Thanks for posting the recipe too.

Simone said...

Thanks MrsL! x

Mama Kelly said...

Sounds like a really yummy bread!!

Joyous Lammas to you and yours!

Mama Kelly

mrs jones!!!! said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sounds lovely. How much yeast do we put in? 1 tsp?

Might try this later in the new oven :)