May Day

May 1, 2008

Having spent a few springtimes in England, I still can’t stop myself braiding something (hair, ribbons, bread etc.) and sneaking out to wash my face in the morning dew, but we are squarely in the deliciously cold tendrils of Autumn, and like to do something more in tune with seasonal harvest and baking. I love the irony that “Here we go gathering Nuts in May” a traditional Mayday song is seasonally inappropriate in the northern hemisphere, as it was probably mistranslated from ‘knots of May’, but is perfect for us!

We baked some fragrant spelt buns with the children’s choice of sultanas, raisins, walnut pieces, macadamias, apple slices, dried pear and cinnamon.  No plaits or braids, but some lovely spiders, snails and ladybirds emerged.  Yum! 



4 Responses to “May Day”

  1. Bex Says:

    Oooooooooo, lovely! Xxx

  2. Gypsy Says:

    They sound delicious. I am loving your blog – its full of great things. How do you make spelt buns?

  3. myartemismoon Says:

    Here is our basic dough recipe

    For a playgroup sized batch
    3 cups warm water
    1 tbs honey
    3 tsp yeast sprinkled on top

    let stand for 10 minutes in warm place

    add enough flour and knead to a firm dough ( a bit less than 1kg )
    bake in a moderate oven (180C) until crusty
    (bread rolls take ~ 10 mins, loaves take longer)

    for a lunch at home size batch try:
    1 cup warm water
    1 teaspoon of honey
    1 teaspoon of yeast

    let stand 10 minutes in warm place

    add enough flour ( approx 2 to 3 cups) knead and bake in a moderate oven

    note; amount of flour needed varies with the type of flour, spelt, wholemeal, white due to different absorption of the liquid, so experiment until it feels right.

  4. Carle Says:

    Ohhh I want to make this bread! We will make it next week! Fun Fun Fun

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