Litha, or Midsummer, is a celebration that has been observed for centuries, in one form or another.

But…. why do they call it Midsummer? Isn’t it, um, the first day of summer?
That always perplexed me a bit.

Regardless, have a great Summer Solstice weekend. I’ll be dancing and making merry up in Brainerd. 🙂

I like to celebrate stuff by baking, and I haven’t posted a recipe in a while.
Have at it

Litha Loaf
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 envelope of yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp softened oleo
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried leaf thyme
2 3/4 cups plain flour

Sprinkle yeast over water in a large warm bowl (I still use the good old Pyrex yellow); stir till dissolved. Add oleo, sugar, salt, thyme, and half of the flour. Beat on medium mixer speed 2 minutes or 150 strokes by hand; scrape bowl often. Beat in rest of the flour with a spoon till smooth. Scrape down sides. Cover; let rise till double, about 1 hour. Beat down with 25 strokes. Turn into greased bread tin or 1 1/2-qt casserole. Bake l hr 10 min at 175°C. Brush top of hot loaf with melted oleo (I just rub a stick over it).

Sabbat Honey Cake
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, well beaten
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups of flour, sifted
½ cup buttermilk

Frosting:
1 cup powdered (10x) sugar
1 tablespoon of melted butter
1 ½ tablespoons of milk, slightly warmed
½ teaspoons of honey, warmed slightly

In a mixing bowl on medium speed, cream butter until light.
On low speed, mix in honey and beaten egg.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Add this dry mixture, alternating with some of the buttermilk, into the first bowl.
Blend everything together thoroughly then pour into a 9×13 baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
When done, allow cake to cool completely.

For frosting: blend powdered sugar, warm milk, melted butter and warm honey in a bowl. Spread over entire cooled cake.

Solstice Fruit Fizz
400g cherries
4 nectarines
250g strawberries
300ml lemonade
6 lemon balm leaves
A few cherries and strawberries, to serve
Ice cubes

Cut the nectarines and cherries in half and remove the pits. Cut any leaves and stalks off the strawberries, and wash all fruit thoroughly. Push through a juicer, then top with sparkling water or lemonade, and pour into a jug. Add a few ice cubes, the lemon balm leaves, and extra fresh fruits.

(recipes jacked from this website.)

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