A Slightly Late Lughnasadh

Happy Lughnasadh, or Lammas, or any other of the various names for August 1st. In the Northern Hemisphere the beginning of August marks the beginning of harvesting and the first day of August is a harvest festival day in many cultures and faiths. This is when you start getting all those wonderful summer crops.

Every holiday has it’s staple celebration food, and the first harvest festival’s is bread. Speaking of which, check out this wonderful recipe for sandwich bread I tried a couple weeks ago. It was some of the best bread I’ve ever had (which is saying something because I really suck at baking bread and it still came out good). Add the following simple recipe for homemade butter and you’re all set.

Simple Homemade Butter

  • 2 c. Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

Mix heavy cream in food processor or blender for approximately 10 minutes. You will know it’s ready when you can clearly see separation of butter and excess liquid. Strain out the extra liquid and mix in salt to taste.

Variation Tips:

You can make great garlic bread by adding garlic powder and other Italian spices in with the salt, or make some sweet honey butter by drizzling in some fresh honey . A great extra to really make a special sweet butter is adding in just a touch of ground vanilla beans and cinnamon and a pinch of brown sugar with the honey. Oh so good on scones.

The beginning of harvest season is a time of amnesia to for me. It is right at the point in the year where it is so miserably hot that you start to wish for winter (completely forgetting how miserably cold it can get in the winter). Kids are trying as hard as they can to enjoy the last of their break, people are cramming in camping trips, and even the weather seems bound and determined to put as much summer into this month as possible. For right now though I’m going to settle down with a slice of buttered bread and cold mint tea and relax for a bit.

The Etsy artists featured in this article are:

studiotempera, AprilHilerDesigns, SparklePeach, WhisperandHush, Gamut, revivalfiber, LoveandDream, ARTintersect, Brigite, handarts, AnneMariesPottery, OnceUponAPedestal, brownpaperbagart, CircesHouse, nealpottery, GulfCoastCottagePDF, SexyStitches, CraftyAnna, turquioserollerset, and MinatureSweet


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. dawn
    Aug 03, 2010 @ 06:52:20

    Happy harvest!!! I’m going to make this butter! (Great etsy finds!!)


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