Lughnasadh Old-Fashioned Magical Blessing Bread Recipe

Updated on August 30, 2018
WiccanSage profile image

Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year with her family for 25 years as a Wiccan; she's like the NeoPagan Martha Stewart.

Lughnasadh Bread

Delicious and magical- perfect for the sabbat.
Delicious and magical- perfect for the sabbat. | Source

Lughnasadh Bread Recipe

Lughnasadh is coming, and for my family, that means baking bread. But in this instance, store-bought bread dough or machines just won't do. In the spirit of the holiday, bread must be made in the old-fashioned way: by hand.

So put away the bread machine and pre-heat the oven. Don't worry if you've never baked before—this is a recipe anyone can handle. Roll up your sleeves, and clear off a big space to knead—we are going to to perform the ancient, sacred ritual of bread making together!

Why We Make Lughnasadh Bread the Old-Fashioned Way

There are a few reasons we choose to make bread the old-fashioned way. For one thing, making bread dough from scratch, just like growing herbs and vegetables, or making things like soap, candles and butter once in a while teaches the kids (and reminds me, actually) of what the world used to be like for our ancestors. It shows them the kind of time and effort that went into things before everything became push-button and fully automated. The lesson of Lughasadh is sacrifice: for something to live, another thing must die. To gain one thing (like bread), you must sacrifice something else (like time, and effort). If you wanted to eat, you needed to work—and even something as minor as putting bread on the table took labor. It makes you appreciate how easy we have it now.

Another reason is that you become more connected to your food and the ingredients when you put your own hands in them and manipulate them yourself. It slows time down, you live in the moment and really focus on what you're doing. It becomes almost meditative as you watch these ingredients transforming by your own hands, step by step. When you finally pull that heavenly-smelling loaf out of the oven, there is a real sense of pride and accomplishment.

The final reason we like to make the dough by hand is because when we mix and knead the dough with our own energy, we can pour in specific energy. This, in Wicca, is an act of magic. A lot of Wiccans like to make their own altar tools, their own incense, hand-write their Book of Shadows, etc. for that reason-- to pour their own energy into the task. We can focus positive energy into the dough as we make the bread and imbue it with blessings. Then, when we offer this to the Gods, and consume it ourselves with friends and family, we are taking this energy that's been built up back into ourselves, and we're blessed by it.

Rate It!

5 stars from 10 ratings of Lughnasadh Old-Fashioned Magical Blessing Bread

Preparation Time (including rising) and Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 3 hours 10 min
Yields: About 1 1/2 lb loaf

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk, optional: substitute water
  • 1 package dry instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar, optional: substitute honey
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 oz seeds or dried herbs, optional
  • extra oil, for greasing bowls
  • extra flour, for kneading

Special Ingredient:

Your positive energy and thoughts of blessings for you and your loved ones.

Step 1: Making the Dough

  1. Heat the milk to about 110 degrees. It's important to use a thermometer to measure temperature, because if it is too hot it will kill the yeast, and if it's not hot enough they won't get the little guys working well enough.
  2. Mix in about 1 tbsp. of the sugar into the milk and add the yeast, then mix until smooth. Let it stand for about 15 minutes, until the yeast starts to ferment and get foamy looking.
  3. Get a large bowl. Put in the 2 eggs first and beat them. Add sugar, oil and salt, and whisk until smooth and the grains are dissolved. Add the rest of the sugar and the yeast slurry into the mix well.
  4. Sift the flour using a sifter, or put it in a bowl and whisk it dry-- this will aerate it. Then begin adding flour to the wet mix, one cup at a time, to incorporate.
  5. Use a big spoon or dough scraper to scrape the flour from the sides of the dough into the center repeatedly until it incorporates all the flour and holds together.

Kneading Bread

Step 2: Kneading the Dough

  1. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on a clean, smooth surface. Rub a little on your hands as well. Turn the dough out of the bowl onto the floured surface. It will stick, especially at first, but don't worry about it. You want to use the flour sparingly. If it sticks to the counter, periodically use a dough scraper or spatula to scrape it up.
  2. Begin kneading the the dough (see videos below for dough kneading instructions if you don't know how to do that).
  3. Chant or sing a meaningful song as you knead. Think of the blessings you wish to infuse in the bread, like health, happiness and success. Mentally 'pour' that energy into the bread. In our home, we take turns kneading.
  4. Knead for about 15 minutes (or longer if you like-- you'd have to knead all day to overwork the dough). The dough is ready when it's smooth and silky looking and it's not sticky anymore. Give it the 'window' test by ripping off a golf ball-sized piece and stretching it-- if it stretches into a thin, translucent membrane without breaking or cracking, it's good.
  5. Form a neat dough ball.

Dough Kneading Chants

Lugh Chant

Lugh, Lugh,

Are you ever really dead?

We find you ever-living

In our bread, in our bread.

Blessing Chant

Bless the dough

Bless the bread

Bless the diners

In their lives ahead

Dough Kneading Instructions

Step 3: Letting the Dough Rise

Grease a large bowl lightly.

Put the dough in the bowl, then cover it with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel.

Put it in a warm place to rise for 90 to 120 minutes, until it's more than doubled in size. If you prefer, put it in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight to rise.

About 10 minutes before the bread is expected to finish rising, set a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Lughnasadh Bread: After Second Rising

After second rising. The dough is shaped like a man to represent the sacrificial Sun God, who gives his life each year at harvest to be reborn and bring back fertility in the spring.
After second rising. The dough is shaped like a man to represent the sacrificial Sun God, who gives his life each year at harvest to be reborn and bring back fertility in the spring. | Source

Step 4: Preparing the Dough for Baking

  1. Oil your baking sheet, or line it with parchment if preferred.
  2. Shape the dough on the pan roughly into a man shape. I do this by making 1/4 of it into a round head, and shaping the remaining 3/4 into a sort of rough rectangle shape. Then I cut into the sides of the rectangle to make two arms, and spread them out, and cut into the bottom of the rectangle to separate two legs.
  3. If you like, use bits of dough to make decorations or features on the bread man-- little eyes, or solar symbols. A big pentagram on his chest-- the choice is yours.
  4. Let it rise a second time for 15 minutes. Cover it with a towel and put it in a warm place (not on top of the stove; it might start cooking). This will help smooth out the form of the bread man.
  5. Beat an egg yolk with one tbsp. of milk. Brush it over the bread. This will help it brown beautifully.
  6. Sprinkle the bread, if desired, with seeds (poppy, sesame, sunflower, etc.) or dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, etc.).

Lughasadh Bread: Helping it Brown

Brushing on egg wash.
Brushing on egg wash. | Source

Lughasadh Bread: "Dressing" the Bread Man

Source

Step 5: Baking the Bread

  1. Put the bread in the oven. Bake it for 35 to 45 minutes, until it sounds hollow when you tap it. If should brown nicely, but if it browns too soon you can cover it with foil.
  2. Take it out of the oven and let it cool until you can handle it. Serve hot, or wrap it in foil and cover it with a towel to keep it warm till dinner time.

Traditionally, the head is offered to the Gods and returned to the earth as a symbol of the Sun God's sacrifice, and those participating in the feast pass around the body to feast on it.

Fresh Out of the Oven

Source

Enjoy your Sabbat!

As you pass the bread, you may wish to give the traditional wish, "May you never hunger."

Enjoy and blessed Lughasadh.

Yum! The Lughasadh Feast!

My baby enjoying his Lughnasadh dinner.
My baby enjoying his Lughnasadh dinner. | Source

© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Eieio 

      13 months ago

      You brought a much needed smile to my face, Blessed Be

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Thanks so much Kitty! Coming from you that's a real compliment, as I've loved your hubs.

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Nicole Canfield 

      3 years ago from Summerland

      Gotta tell you I'm really loving your hubs. Catching up on all the ones I haven't read! Thanks for your open-ness.

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      LOL, Pawpawwrites, this is true.

    • Pawpawwrites profile image

      Jim 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      The bread man looks a little like the famous doughboy.

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Ashley, glad you enjoyed it! Bright blessings to you and your family!

    • profile image

      Ashley 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for an amazing recipe. My family loved this and the kids would have eaten the whole thing if I let them :)

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Blueheron; it's definitely along those lines of egg breads, challah doesn't usually use milk I know, but brioche usually uses butter instead of oil. I have no idea where it originated, it's just tucked into my mom's recipe box written on an index card, and has been there for about 30+ years that I know of. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try, I'll be making it next weekend myself. Enjoy!

    • blueheron profile image

      Sharon Vile 

      4 years ago from Odessa, MO

      This sounds wonderful! The recipe does sound like challah, which is one of our family's traditional holiday breads--that and limpa--but it sounds richer in eggs. I will definitely try this one! Bookmarking!

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks, I think it's along the lines of brioche or challah bread. Not sure, I've had the recipe forever from my family. It's very rich and hearty and addictive, most definitely unhealthy, lol. That's why it makes a great holiday splurge (and why we only make it about once or twice per year!).

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Prosperity. The thing about energy is, you can put it into anything-- good/positive energy, or bad/negative energy. So if that's what you mean by 'black' magic, then yes-- someone could put negative energy into bread, or anything really. Some people will put it in without even realizing it (cooking while in a bad mood and angry at your family, for example, you're putting that negativity into the food). This is why most Wiccan traditions emphasize cultivating a positive attitude. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Radcliff profile image

      Liz Davis 

      4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      The bread man is so cool! I've never baked bread with eggs before. I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks, Sage!

    • profile image

      Prosperity66 

      4 years ago

      What an interesting read and recipe - loving the little message while passing the bread on the table. I just hope there is no black magic bread of that kind on Earth :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)