Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lammas or Lugnasadh

Tonight into tomorrow is Lammas, which is the first pagan festival of the Fall. You can read about it here if you are interested in knowing more. http://www.cyberwitch.com/Wychwood/Temple/lammas.htm They have a great post explaining the day.


This is when the early/first wheat is harvested, so it is a time for baking bread. This is a favorite recipe for Lammas Bread. Place 3/4 cup of water in the bowl of your mixer. Add 1 tablespoon of yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Sorry for the blur but I am severely suffering from lack of sleep due to puppy watching! Add 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 3 tablespoons of honey.

Add 3 cups of flour and mix. Then add 1 teaspoon of salt. Add another 3-4 cups of flour and knead until you have a nice smooth ball of dough.


Place it in a greased bowl, cover with plastic and let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.


Here it is after the first rise.


Split it in two and place each half in a greased loaf pan. Brush the tops with an egg whisked with a bit of water. Place them to rise again for about 40 minutes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes. The internal temperature should be about 175 degrees.


I have made many different sandwich breads and i think this is the best by far.


Cool them on a rack. Homemade bread....a thing of beauty! Tomorrow I will show you what I made with it.


Poor Teddy is still having trouble drinking water while wearing the collar. She has such a thick short neck that it is tough for her to bend it, with the collar on, to get to the water even when I am holding the bowl. So, several times a day, I break up a cup of ice and we feed her ice chips.


She rather enjoys it.


A puppy snowcone, per se!


She will eat a whole coffee cup full of them.


Yum! Black tongue and black eyes. Hey Teddy, who punched you in the nose?


We can't let her off leash because she would run right to the hedges, stick her face in them and scratch her eyes. I know her tricks!


Who me? I am not a tricky puppy.


And about that bread mama....can you give a poor puppy a piece?

22 comments:

Fishysmommy said...

As another bread maker I can appreciate the love of baking bread. So much that I'm trying to save my house by it. I need to sell 5,996 more loaves of bread to be able to refinance. Will you visit http://6000loaves.blogspot.com

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

the bread looks wonderful..i love that white loaf pan...it is a vintage pyrex ? my favorite...

poor teddy...she sure is a trooper...and so are you guys !!!!

hang in there Teddy ! it's already august !!!

kary and l'il teddy
xx

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

There´s nothing like home baked bread :-) I usually never bake during summer but last week I made an exeption and it was delicious :-)

Those ice chips is a great idea! Must try that with my dogs a hot day, when we eventually gets one :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

This bread does look wonderful. I may actually have time to make it this week. Teddy looks like she's doing really good. I think she deserves a sandwich on this yummy bread.

Jennifer said...

I've learned to bake bread following your recipes. So awesome!

My neighbour ave me a giant zucchini from her garden. I was wondering, do you have any good zucchini bread recipes?

Many blessings on this Lammas to you.

laurie said...

my great aunt would celebrate making this bead and they grew their own wheat whick was ground for this,, early wheat has such a different taste and texture,, my aunt was a wise woman and lived in distinct harmony with the land,, thankyou for reminding me of her today,, I think Teddy eyes look better today,,

TARYTERRE said...

I haven't made fresh bread in years. This recipe looks so-oo good, I might try it. A puppy snow cone, how sweet is that. Hang in there Teddy. You'll be back to 100%real soon. Just have to deal with a little inconvenience, in the meantime.

Cottage Tails said...

Ahhh Lammas - love your bread! Downunder it is Imbolc - I know you much prefer winter but I am itching for spring.

Does teddy go to scratch as soon as you take off his cone for drinking/eating? Poor Teddy give him a pat for me and just a little bit of bread for a treat.
Love Leanne

Pricilla said...

You know I think she is looking better already!

Texan said...

yummy I will have try this bread!

Give that puppy a big piece of that bread!

edenhills said...

The bread sounds divine! Perfect for the occasion. Poor Teddy does look like she lost a fight with someone.

Teresa

Suzanne said...

Such a good mama to your little fur baby!

*muah* for Teddy

Suzie said...

Lammas! The first of the Fall season festivals. .officially the first day of Autumn! Yes, we can now celebrate!

I clicked on Teddy's photos to see her eyes. .I can't believe how much better they are looking, already! Not the dark around her eyes, but her actual eyes! You can see them! It would be wonderful to know what is going on inside that puppy mind of hers. I'm sure that she is noticing how much more she can see now. .she's going to need her own pair of shades to wear in bright sunlight now!

Your Hubby gets kuddos for thinking of the ice chips. .Teddy may never want go back to having to drink her water all on her own, ever again!

As for that bread. .yeah, Teddy. .I'd like a piece too! It looks SO good!

foodiesloveoatmeal said...

Your doggies cute and the bread looks good too:)

Wizardess said...

Poor sweet Teddy. That cone must be a pain. I think I can see some healing, though!

I will be making a caraway onion cornmeal bread tomorrow for Lughnasdh. And there will be lots of frozen blueberries...nice in this heat.

Wizardess said...

Poor sweet Teddy. That cone must be a pain. I think I can see some healing, though!

I will be making a caraway onion cornmeal bread tomorrow for Lughnasdh. And there will be lots of frozen blueberries...nice in this heat.

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

Hi October farm! I absolutely love the look of your bread! You make it look so effortless! I have never made bread because I am afraid that we would eat too much!
Hope doggie gets better soon!

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

hi there! I think your bread looks amazing! I have never made bread before as I am afraid we would eat too much if it turned out delicious! Hope doggie is better soon!

Danni said...

Oh, sweet Teddy... is she getting anything to help her with the discomfort of the itching? That's a crazy-making feeling - to have an itch and not be able to scratch it. She sure looks good, though! And what a good mama you are, hand feeding her ice chips. Yes, I know all about hand feeding our beloved pups. lol

Moncha Eilis said...

Poor Teddy. I do hope she will be better soon.
Your bread looks delicious.
Have a blessed Lughnasadh.

the wild magnolia said...

She looks better, I hope she is feeling better.

I'm sure this is a big job for you and the hubby. You are such a good Momma, and hubs is a good Da.

Thanks for keeping us posted.

xoxo to Teddy Feel Better Fluffs

the wild magnolia said...

Oh goodness, I forgot to say, the bread looks so good!

Happy Belated Lughnasadh.