Happy Mabon! Well happy almost Mabon. The summer is all but gone and the equinox is upon us. While this might go down as the year of the great orange candle shortage, we still have plenty of supplies for your Mabon altar.
Red candles work well as apples ripen on the trees and are a fruit of autumn. Purple candles match the blooms and berries of Woody nightshade, (commonly mistaken for belladonna) which is growing and thriving in the wild at this time of year.
Brown candles are traditional for fall as they represent the Earth getting ready to hibernate for the winter; also, pecans are almost ready for harvest.
For Mabon Anastasia wants to share this recipe with you. She feels that Apple Bread is overdone so she ‘s sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Bread.
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
2/3 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, apple sauce, vanilla, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Mix in raisins. Pour into the prepared pans.
3. Bake for about 50 minutes. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
This freezes well too. So if you don’t want to share after you’ve made it, save the spare loaf or loaves.
Cranberries can be substituted for raisins. And speaking of cranberries, a cup of the delicious Cranberry Tea from the Funky Karma Tea Room goes well with this bread. We have Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and Cloves in the Herb & Spice Room.
All of these are related to the Autumn Harvest. We also have Mabon Oil nd Mabon Incense. Stop in and see up for your ritual supplies, and have a Happy Mabon.