Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mabon is a comin'!

Yesterday I went outside to check the mail and to my surprise felt a mighty chill. My hubby says there is talk around work that Fall has arrived early and that we might get snow early this year.
My opinion? I have none. I'm new to this thing called seasons.
What I have noticed is that it is chillier and the smell in the air is changing. Maybe that is what Fall smells like, maybe it is here.
One thing I know for certain is that Mabon is creeping up on me. Time to start menu planning!
A couple of years ago I came across an Apple Mabon bread recipe that I fell in love with. Of course since the move I have not been able to find a darn thing I am looking for. However, I think I found a YouTube video of someone making it. Seems to be the same ingredients. Thank the Gods!


2 ½ cups grated apple
2 cups raisins or crazins (soaked)
1 ½ cups boiling water
3 Tbs oil
1 cup honey or Agave nectar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp allspice
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp cloves

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¾ cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two loaf pans and set aside. Combine first 9 ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, mix together the last three ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix until combined. Pour into prepared loaf pans and bake for one hour.

Let rest on rack until cool.

I still have not entirely figured out what I am putting on the menu. One thing I would like to try for this feast is to try and put as many local ingredients as I can into it. I am hoping for a chance to take the kids to an apple orchard to pick apples for us to use in the feast.

My ideas so far have been:
Apple Mabon bread, pumpkin bread pudding, candied/caramel apples, mashed potatoes, succotash. As far as a meat I am considering roasting a chicken or turkey with my homemade stuffing.

If you have any favorite Mabon or Fall recipes please post and share!



Kathy said...

Our tradition is to put a little of everything on the menu to signify what we will reap in the coming year, and to represent all of our bounty and what we're thankful on our menu- a little fowl, beef, cheese, grain, wine, veggies, and chocolate!

ps I miss u