Here we are at the least celebrated and least recognized cross quarter day of the year.
Of course, like all festivals, the important piece is the gathering. Even if Lughnasadh means nothing to you, doesn’t it just offer up a reason to hold a lively Summer soiree? (Truth be told, it doesn’t actually mean much to us either. We’ve just been researching festivals of late and, in trying to create a stronger sense of community and tradition in our disconnected, modern, urban lives, have enjoyed recognizing and celebrating each of the changes of season as well as the seasonal mid-points with family and friends.)
Today we will celebrate the first grains of harvest (albeit not our own since we don’t actually grow grain) by baking bread over our bonfire. If you’ve not tried this before, it’s a tasty and fun way to prepare bread out of doors. While it’s possible to bake over a fire in a dutch oven or even a regular camp pot, it’s so much more fun to roast what is often called stick bread or campfire bread.
We’ll enjoy them with the other fruits of our early harvest and perhaps a lively game of Toss-the-Frog. Happy Lughnasadh to you all!
Easy Campfire Bread Recipe
(If you're not into all that kneading and waiting for dough to rise)
3 cups flour
1/2 cup oil, butter or animal fat
1 1/2 Tblsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup water
In a large bowl, mix together flour and fat by hand. Add the baking powder and salt (and dried fruits or cheese if you're doing that). Next mix in the water and knead for a few minutes until you've got a firm dough. Separate the dough into fist sized balls and roll each into a sausage shape before piercing with a clean stick.