Saturday, November 26, 2011

Winter Sabbat Recipes Part 1

Creating a warm cozy atmosphere is my forte particularly around the holidays and what better way than cooking and baking. Here are four recipes to get started. Traditional Wassail and three cookie recipes that I have made and will be making again this year to give as gifts as well as to give to family. Blessings~

recipe and small ceremony from the book The Winter Solstice by John and Caitlin Matthews
Heat a large container of ale or beer, about 3 or 4 pints. 
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup mixed spice (cinnamon sticks and whole cloves are also an excellent choice)
2 or 3 small sweet apples, cut up
1 1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 1/4 cup orange juice
the juice of 2 lemons
Place over a slow flame; then, before it begins to boil, take off the heat and whip up some cream. Let this float on top of the brew like foam.
Put in a suitably large pretty bowl
Now go out to a tree or trees with a few friends. Wet the roots liberally with the brew. Pass the rest around and when everyone is thoroughly warmed up sing a wassailing song, for example:
"Here's to thee, old apple tree
Whence thou may'st bud and whence tho may'st blow
And whence thou may'st bear apples now.
Hats full, caps full, bushel, bushel sacks full, And my pockets full too!"
Lift your glasses to the tree and shout "Huzzah!" as loud as you can.

Magickal associations
apples - love, health, peace
pineapple - healing, money, protection & love (in early America, this fruit was the symbol of hospitality)
lemons - love, happiness & purification
cinnamon - love, psychic awareness & money
sugar - love

Sun Shine Sugar Cookies with Orange Frosting
 1 cup white sugar 
1 cup packed brown sugar 
1 cup shortening 
2 eggs 
1 cup milk 
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
3 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

Combine milk with vinegar to make sour milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Stir in sour milk and mix well. NOTE: Dough will be very sticky and hard to handle so be sure to refrigerate either several hours or overnight. Roll on well floured board to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters to desired shapes-a sun shape or large round circles are best to signify the sun with large cutters working best. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown on bottom. Frost with frosting (recipe below) and decorate. 

3 egg whites 
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 
1 teaspoon orange extract 
1 Tablespoon of orange rind 
1 Tablespoon of Orange Juice 

Beat egg whites in clean, large bowl with mixer at high speed until very foamy Gradually add sugar, rind, orange juice and extract. Beat at high speed until thickened. Spread over cooled cookies or put in a pastry bag with a piping tip attached and pipe onto cookies. 

magickal associations: 
orange - love, purification 
vanilla - love, sexuality 
eggs - healing, protection, fertility 
sugar - love 
nutmeg - psychic awareness 

Anise Treasures

3 large egg whites
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick), melted
3/4 teaspoon anise extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease large cookie sheet. In large bowl, with wire whisk, beat egg whites, confectioners' sugar, and flour until blended and smooth. Beat in melted butter, anise extract, and salt.
2. Drop 1 heaping teaspoon mixture onto cookie sheet. Repeat to make 3 more cookies, about 3 inches apart. With small spatula, spread each cookie to a 3-inch round.
3. Bake cookies 5 to 7 minutes until edges are golden. With pancake turner, quickly remove 1 cookie to wire rack. With hands, gently shape warm cookie to flute edges. Repeat with remaining cookies on cookie sheet. If cookies become too hard to shape, return cookie sheet to oven to soften cookies slightly. Repeat with remaining batter. (Batter will become slightly thicker upon standing.) Store in tightly covered container.

magickal associations: 
anise - love (it's also used to flavor wedding cakes!) 
eggs - healing, protection, fertility 
sugar - love 
butter - spirituality 

Yule Moon Cookies

1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup grated almonds (blanched)
1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 Tbsp. water
Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and light. Add grated lemon peel, salt, flour, grated almonds, and 1 tsp. vanilla; mix thoroughly. Place dough in bowl. Cover and chill thoroughly. When the dough is well chilled; or the next day, roll out dough to 1/8" thickness and cut with moon/crescent cookie cutter. Place 1/2" apart on un-greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated 375° oven for 8-10 minutes.

Icing: While cookies bake, combine confectioner's sugar, vanilla and water. Spread over the tops of cookies while still warm, but not too hot, as icing will melt. Thin with additional drops of water if glaze is too thick. Allow cookies to cool. 
Yield: 10 dozen cookies

magickal associations:
sugar - love 
butter - spirituality
lemon-  love, purification 
almonds- love, passions

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You wassail sounds yumm-o! My wassail recipe is as follows:

In large coffee percolator mix-
jug cranberry juice
large can pinneapple juice
half cranberry jug of water
3/4 cup brown sugar

Sprinkle top of percolator with cinnamon and cloves...


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