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Feast of First Fruits, Nos Gwyl Awst
Though the Sun has waned we feel his full power as the earth has absorbed his heat. Fertile fields and gardens are at their peak and we begin to reap the bounty of the first harvest. The magic of earth, rain, sun and pollinating breezes abounds. We may seek shade, a cooling rain shower and a soft breeze while we know that it is the power of the Sun King and the nurture of Gaia that sustain all living things. Give thanks and share the abundance.
Ellen's Herb Bread
1 3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 packets yeast
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp. oregano (more or less to taste)
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese for topping
Grease a 1 1/2 qt. glass pie pan. Sprinkle yeast on the warm water, allow to stand for 1 minute before stirring to dissolve yeast. Add sugar, salt, butter, oregano, 1/2 cup parmesan and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add remaining flour and combine until all the flour is incorporated into the dough. Cover dough and allow to rise in a warm place until double in bulk. 45 - 55 minutes. Shape dough into a round and place in greased pie pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Drop oven temperature to 350 degrees and an additional 15 minutes. Loaf should be brown and hollow sounding when tapped Cool for 30 minutes before slicing.