With the heat that Summer brought to so many of us this year, I am happy to celebrate Lammas today. It is with Lammas that we start to usher in the Autumn or harvest time of the year and slowly say our goodbyes to Summer.
Slowly we will begin to see our days grow shorter which in turn will allow us to cool a bit more in the dark hours. Flowers and some garden plants will get a bit of a reprieve from the heat and possibly produce a bit of a second harvest if some are lucky.
To many today will be a day when they are in their kitchen baking a fresh loaf of bread to help them celebrate Lammas. Any bread recipe can be altered to suit, simply by adding cornmeal. Below is a recipe I often use.
1 cup cornmeal
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
4 Tablespoons Butter
2 cups Buttermilk
Sift together the dry ingredients. Make a hole in the center of the dry mix and dice in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk. Mix together until a soft dough is achieved. Turn onto a floured board and knead gently until combined. Place on a floured bake sheet and score the top if desired. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave in the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy…
Here is wishing all of you a blessed and joyous Lammas. May each of you begin to enjoy a bountiful harvest as well as the cooling that Autumn brings.