As promised I have found 3 recipes that sound delicious for Samhain; Baked Apple, Pumpkin Bique, and Pan de Muerto. *These recipes and others are found in Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials SAMHAIN*
So let's get to it.
Apples and Samhain (even Halloween) have been synonymous with each other. Bobbing for apples is a fan-favorite game during Halloween parties. Apples are connected with the change in weather, the apple cinnamon of the season changing.
Preheat oven to 375F
Apples, cored (one for each person)
1 tbsp maple syrup (for each apple)
1tbsp Raisins (per apple)
1 tsp allspice, cinnamon, or ground cloves (per apple)
Set cored apples in a glass baking dish
In a bowl mix maple syrup, raisins, and spices.
Bake 10-13 minutes
1 whole onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder
A few strands of saffron (option)
1 cup whole milk unsweetened yogurt
In a saucepan, saute the onions and garlic in butter until they brown.
Ass pumpkin puree, water, and spices and boil
Reduce heat immediately and simmer for 5 minutes, gradually adding yogurt.
Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead
This bread is to be formed into skulls and bones (might want to practice)
1/2 cup milk
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 tsp orange juice
1 tbsp orange blossom water
3 lrg eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar (coconut sugar also works)
1 tsp salt
Sunflower oil as needed
Butter, honey, powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix the milk, butter, and orange juice in a saucepan.
Take off the heat and cool until safe to touch. Add the orange blossom water and whisk in eggs.
Add yeast to this mix.
***Let mix stand until it bubbles slightly, usually in 3-4 minutes***
On a clean flat surface mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Make small mounds out of the mix then with your finger create a well in the center. Add a little milk and test mix working the four and pausing to add a little more until liquid and solid are incorporated. Knead dough until it is a bit sticky, add flour as needed.
Put in bowl to rise
Usually takes about an hour
Portion out the dough and shape into skulls and bones then bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
These are just 3 recipes that you can make for Samhain and share with friends and family.
Research your own recipes or do you have recipes that have been passed down that family has always done at this time of year? Share in the comments.