May Day Maple Hearth Bread

Beltane bread
May Day Maple Hearth Bread


1 envelope active dry yeast
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup warm water (105ºF-115ºF)
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening

Dissolve the yeast in the water. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour with the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening. Add the syrup to the yeast mix and let the syrup dissolve too. Now add yeast mix to the flour mix; stir. Add flour until dough is easy to handle. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes. Form into round, place on cookie sheet. Let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice pleasing image into bread top. Bake for 30 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Loaf can be brushed with syrup or butter during last 5 minutes of baking.Yield: 1 loaf

1/2 teaspoon of orange extract and a teaspoon grated orange rind. This encourages fidelity and health.

Magical Attributes: Health, money, Love, Joy, Playful Energy, Fertility

Source:Patricia Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook

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