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. 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?