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Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

March, 2015

Bread for Cakes

Merry Meet

Italian Bread Cake

 

Every Easter, my Catholic Sicilian grandmother made a special bread. It was a bit sweet, braided and had colored eggs in it.

Last year, when planning cakes and ale for Ostara, it occurred to me to use this bread – after all, Easter does draw on may Spring Equinox celebrations. I was able to special order a braided ring, complete with eggs, from an Italian bakery, even though Easter was still weeks away. (See photo.)

This year, I plan to make my own. I feel it honors my ancestors and keeps a tradition alive, albeit modified. Gram’s recipe died with her, but I think the one below will come close.

My Germanic ancestors also baked a similar sweet braided wreath decorated with eggs for Easter. Look to your ancestors for a traditional Easter food. In England, that might be hot cross buns; in Poland, it’s babka.

I found a wonderful recipe by Marbalet online at allrecipes.com

Merry part. And merry meet again

Airmid’s Cauldron

May, 2012

May Day Cakes & Honeyed Milk

Beltane is a wonderful time of year to bring out this old Pagan
recipe. Traditionally these taste treats were made for the Beltane
celebration but are also wonderful for any pagan celebration or get
together.

May Day Cakes

1 cup butter

3 3/4 cups sifted flour

1 cup granulated raw sugar

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon dried marigold blossoms

2 fresh eggs

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

4 -6 tablespoons milk

Powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry
blender or a large fork. Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon,
dried marigold blossoms and allspice; beat eggs, vinegar, and milk
together. Mix with the flour mixture until stiff dough is formed.
Knead thoroughly and roll out 1/4-inch thick. Cut into 3-inch rounds
(or form into shape of people), and place on greased baking sheets.
Prick several times with a fork and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Sprinkle
lightly with powdered sugar while still warm.

Honeyed Milk

8 oz skim milk

1 tsp honey

Directions

In a small sauce pan heat milk till just warm

Pour honey into milk and stir

Place milk mixture back on the heat till warm again; pour into mug and enjoy.