Becka (miss_rynn) wrote,


I had the nicest experience last night, with people actually wishing me a happy Beltane. It's rare for me to come public with my ookie kookie stuff, so I am always touched and greatful when people make the effort to engage me with well wishes.

Last night, I made some Convenstead Bread for Beltane, and the recipe was DEMANDED lovingly by aeliel and umbra_mentis, and so here I have it to you, with my modifications. As it happens, it's actually vegan and largely fat free, which was quite accidental.

Covenstead Bread

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup finely chopped citron (I couldn't find any, so I substituted with chopped dried apricots soaked in lemon juice)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons anise seeds (which again, I couldn't find, so I substituted with about a teaspoon of ground star anise)
2 1/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add honey, citron, sugar, anise seeds. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves and then remove from heat.

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices, and fold into the hot honey mixture. Turn the batter into a well-greased 9 X 5 X 3-inch loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for one hour. Turn out on a wire rack to cool. This recipe yields one loaf of bread, and improves in taste if allowed to stand for 24 hours.

(This "Covenstead Bread" recipe is from "The Wicca Spell book: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes" by Gerina Dunwich, p. 169, a Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994)
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