Monday, April 30, 2012

Beltane Honey Bread

Beltane blessings to you all!
It is a rainy day here, but our gardens do need the moisture, so the rain is greatly appreciated.  I am getting ready to do some Beltane baking and wanted to share this recipe sent to me by my good friend and Kitchen Warlock extraordinaire: Jarrid.  You can also find this recipe in the Beltane issue of the Practical Magick Ezine.

 Honey Wheat Bread

2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
5 cups all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add honey, and stir well. Mix in whole wheat flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Work all-purpose flour in gradually. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for at least 10 to 15 minutes. When dough is smooth and elastic, place it in a well oiled bowl.  Turn it several times in the bowl to coat the surface of the dough, and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.  Punch down the dough. Shape into two loaves, and place into two well greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise until dough is 1 to 1 1/2 inches above pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

Honey Butter

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup honey.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)  

- Soften the butter on the kitchen counter or in the microwave at 10 second intervals. If using the microwave, be sure the butter does not begin to melt.
- Place softened butter in a small mixing bowl. Add honey. 
- Use a hand mixer and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Then beat at highest speed until the butter is light, fluffy, and easily spreadable. This should only take a couple of minutes.
- Add vanilla and/or cinnamon if desired, and beat for another 15 to 30 seconds.

Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use. The butter will stay soft and easy to spread right out of the refrigerator.


1 Thoughts:

  1. Hello, I just made this, I didn't have enough plain flour so I used a little more wholemeal and it turned out beautifully. It will part of our Beltane celebrations from now on! Thank you.