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MMMM...MOON CAKES AND ALE...SORTA'

July 22nd 2008 16:14
Nuthin' says lovin' like sumpthin' from the Coven...to steal a phrase from the old Pillsbury commercials. But I have a couple of interesting recipes that come out of a cook book I received from one of my Witchy friends in Merry Ole' England..."The Cauldron Cook Book"...offers some unique recipes and I wanted to share a couple of them with you.

Following is the recipe for MOON CAKES: You can make this recipe for your group or whenever you want something special for the "cakes and ale" portion of your next ritual. I've made these and they're pretty tasty...Please be careful when baking...they will crisp and burn quite quickly...


8 oz. Ground Almonds
4 oz. Regular Baking Flour
4 oz. Butter or Margarine
2 oz. Shredded Coconut
2 tbls. Dried Egg
6 Tbls. Honey
1/2 teas. Cinnamon
1/2 teas. Ground Mixed Spice
1 teas. mint (fresh is better, finely chopped) but dry will work too.

Mix the almonds with the flour, eggs, herbs and spices. Cream together the honey and butter until light and fluffy then fold in the dry ingredients. Chill, roll out and cut into moon shapes or other shapes of choice. Place on a greased and gloured baking sheet and cook in a heated oven (200 C.) 400 degrees for 10 or unitl a very pale gold...AGAIN...BE CAREFUL...they will burn easily...enjoy!!!


THEN...There's the ALE recipe...actually GINGER BEER

5 quarts of boiling water
1 1/4 lbs of sugar
1 0z. Whole Ginger - bruised
2 Lemons
1/4 oz Cream of Tartar
1 0z Fresh Yeast

Thinly pare the lemons and remove all the white pith with a very sharp knife. Cut the lemons into thin slices and remove the seeds. Put lemons in a non metallic bowl with sugar, ginger, lemon rind and cream of tartar and pour on the boiling water. Leave until it reaches "blood" heat (hmmm, a Viking term for "stick your finger in it and it's warm)

Stir in the yeast. Leave covered with a cloth in a warm place for 24 hours. Skim the yeast from the top and strain the beer carefully from the sediment. Bottle in screw top bottles. The ginger beer will be ready in 2 days... YUM!!!


May your next moon ritual or sabbat be plentiful and tasty with these two new recipes.
Until next time,
Blessed Be
White Willow
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