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Bake Lammas Bread for a Bountiful Harvest Celebration



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Lammas, also known as “Loaf Mass,” is a cherished Pagan festival that marks the first harvest of the season. A beautiful way to celebrate this abundant time is by baking a delicious Lammas bread. The aroma of freshly baked bread filling the air and the symbolism of the harvest grains come together in this special recipe. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to create a delectable Lammas bread that embraces the spirit of the first harvest.

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Step 1: Activate the Yeast

In a small bowl, combine the warm water and honey (or maple syrup). Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.

Step 2: Prepare the Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly pour in the activated yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix the ingredients until a dough forms.

Step 3: Kneading the Dough

Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 8-10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Alternatively, use a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment for kneading.

Step 4: First Rise

Place the kneaded dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free area for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Step 5: Shaping the Loaf

Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release excess air. Shape it into a round loaf or any other shape that holds significance for you. Place the shaped dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Step 6: Second Rise

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until it has doubled in size once again.

Step 7: Preparing for Baking

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Before baking, brush the top of the loaf with water and sprinkle the mixed grains and seeds over it for a delightful texture and appearance.

Step 8: Baking Lammas Bread

Bake the Lammas bread in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until the top turns golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Step 9: Embrace the Harvest

Once baked, transfer the Lammas bread to a cooling rack and let it cool slightly before slicing and savoring the wonderful taste of the first harvest.

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Enjoy Sharing Your Lammas Bread!

Baking Lammas bread is a delightful way to celebrate the first harvest and embrace the bountiful spirit of the season. The warm and inviting aroma, the texture of the grains and the symbolism of the harvest make this bread truly special. Whether you share it with friends and family during Lammas celebrations or enjoy it on its own, this recipe embodies the essence of the first harvest and the joy of giving thanks for nature’s bounty. Happy baking and blessed Lammas!

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