Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Lammas/ 1st harvest

Yesterday was Lammas (1st harvest) the fae have been hard at work making things ripe and ready for the farmers to start bringing in the good stuff.

"It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries." (info from goddess and greenman glastonbury)

As i don't have a kitchen at the moment, i was unable to make something for the celebrations, but i do have a recipe in mind, hopefully by the weekend i can make it.
Keeping with the in seasonal theme I'll make a crumble adding oats to the topping, i might even go apple picking as its there time to shine. if i can find any good sized blackberries I'll add those too.

Recipe for a basic crumble:

Topping :
300g/10½oz plain flour, sieved pinch of salt
175g/6oz unrefined brown sugar
200g/7oz unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature

4 good sized cooking apple
50g/2oz unrefined brown sugar
Pinch of Cinnamon (add more i
f you wish)

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit

  4. Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.

  5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.

  6. Serve with thick cream or custard.
Mmmmm i can smell it already, a crumble is hearty and perfect for sharing!

Before i go i just want to share this photo that fairybell cottage put up yesterday!, a perfect representation of the harvest goddess.

Blessings to all

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