Since August 1st is a traditional harvest festival, we definitely needs lots of recipes to celebrate Lammas. Also known as Lughnasadh, it's a time to honor the abundant harvest that was traditionally collected at the height of summer. And kids, there's lots of bread. It's pretty awesome.
I'm back with another 75 recipes that are easy to make and taste totally awesome while still being perfect for your witchy feast. My kitchen witchcraft philosophy is "It's not what you make, it's how you make it." We can modernize our sabbat recipes and still hold the intention of honoring our ancestors. I mean, they wouldn't want us to eat sad food, would they?
And if you're still in the broom closet, you could serve any of these recipes without anyone asking questions. Except maybe for the recipe. Let's get into these 75 totally awesome recipes to celebrate Lammas.
What is Lammas?
Lammas can be translated as loaf mass, and it's traditionally celebrated around August 1st. This Christianized (and much easier to spell and pronounce) holiday is believed to be The Church's version of Lughnasadh, which is still celebrated today by some witches, neo-pagans, and wiccans.
Lughnasadh was a festival to honor the god Lugh who was revered throughout much of Europe and brought to the Britain and Ireland. But this midsummer harvest festival was probably already being celebrated there before Lugh came along. It was originally a time to honor the Corn Mother who sacrified her son so that humans could survive.
Hundreds of years ago, it would have been celebrated for up to four weeks, stretching all the way across Leo season. Think county fair today, when people come together to show their wares, trade their goods, eat, celebrate, and just have fun.
Lammas or Lughnasadh is all about celebrating the harvesting of corn, wheat, and other grains. It's also a fire festival since it honors the fading of the sun. So naturally, we have a bonfire and eat a lot. Guys, the wheel of the year is just full of feast and fire. What's not to love? (Source: The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft by Judika Illes)
Wheat & Bread
Wheat and grain were a major part of this festival. Being a dedicated carb lover, I'm totally down with that. This is the perfect time to make your own bread, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Obviously, I've not shared every recipe that contains flour, but that's really all you need for recipes to celebrate Lammas.
Wheat is a symbol of abundance and fertility, so knead or stir your intention for a prosperous season into everything you make.
- Madeira Cake - When I think of the sabbats, I can't help but take my mind to Britain. So while you could definitely make your favorite pound cake, a Madeira Cake would be a lovely way to celebate with wheat and also honor the fresh fruits of the season.
- Sugar Cookies - Cut these into whatever shape suits your intention, and use sigils and color magic to enhance the spell.
- Tear & Share Flower Bread - You can shape this bread to look like a flower or to look like the sun to honor the passing of the long days.
- Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes - Bring a little sweetness and some busy bee energy to the feast table.
- Homemade Pizza Dough - Pizza is the perfect vehicle for kitchen magic. Give each topping a job to do, and create sigils with basil or other ingredients.
- Basic Bloomer - Keep it simple by making a beautiful rustic white bread loaf to share with your friends and family.
- Scones - If yeast scares you, bake some simple scones and top them with your favorite jam to correspond with your intention.
- Whole Wheat Pancakes - Bread making doesn't get much simpler than this, and this whole wheat version tastes awesome.
- Lofthouse Cookie Bars - Here's another opportunity to work with color magic. Decorate to honor the season.
- Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles - What's sunnier than a bright yellow lemon?
- Rustic Rye Bread - Lammas honors all grains, so if you want to work with something a little different, this simple loaf is great.
- Wheaten Biscuits - You know, for cheese.
- Whole Wheat Guiness Soda Bread - Beer was also celebrated at this time of year, so you might as well put some in your bread.
- Dutch Baby - Here's another opportunity to honor the rest of the harvest by topping your Dutch Baby with your favorite fruits.
- Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding - For when you've got a little too much bread and you're ready to transmute it into something delicious.
Corn is another important grain being harvest at this time of year. Really, is there anything better than an ear of sweet summer corn, steaming hot with salted butter and fresh cracked black pepper? Now that's a spiritual experience to be grateful for. If you also want to cook with corn, here are a few ideas.
- Cheddar Corn Soup - I know most American witches will not want to be getting out the soup pot in August, but here in Scotland, we're just as likely to see rain as sun. I'd definitely go for a bowl of spicy corn soup.
- Bacon & Corn Risotto - This risotto just screams summer. And it's perfect for stirring in your intention.
- White Cheddar Polenta Souffle - Want to make something fancy and impressive for your Lammas feast? This is it.
- Chicken Corn Chowder - This hearty soup would be perfect after a long day of harvesting.
- Vegan Sweet Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup - This one is a bit lighter and also brings in all the sun colors.
- Skillet Cornbread - We're combining corn and bread here. It's perfect.
- Corn & Green Onion Biscuits - A super simple recipe for the witch who's still learning their way around the kitchen
- Jalapeno Hush Puppies - Call in the fiery energy of jalapeno this season.
- Cornbread Topped Chilli Mac - Sorry, but this is just freakin' delicious!
I read in one of my resources that potatoes were associated with Lughnasadh, and I just stopped looking after that. There's never a wrong time to eat potatoes in my opinion. They'll bring a nice earthy balance to a feast honoring fire. They have a grounding, protective quality which is always a good thing. They simply had to make the cut for recipes to celebrate Lammas.
- Italian Roasted Potatoes - These are tossed in cornmeal and cooked with fresh rosemary, so we've got three correspondences of the season in one recipe.
- English Potato Gratin - Flavored with cream and spices and totally delicious.
- Grilled Potato Foil Packets with Lemon Dill Creme Fraiche - You can cook these in the embers of your bonfire if you like.
- Potato & Spinach Curry - Call in the fiery energy of Indian spices.
- Za'atar Potato Salad - The bright flavor of za'atar is truly magical.
- Rosemary Potato Rolls - Rosemary is known as the herb of fond remembrance.
- Spicy Potato Cakes - Add some fire energy to your leftover mashed potatoes.
- Chicken & Potato Bake - A simple rustic dish with fresh rosemary and lemon.
- Loaded Baked Potato Casserole - This one's just too damn good to pass up.
- Loaded Baked Potato Salad - Perfect for a backyard barbecue feast.
- Zuchinni & Potato Pancakes - Use those millions of zuchinnis from your neighbors garden.
- Cheesy Potato Soup - Sorry, but this stuff is just addictive.
- Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes - A great base recipe to add herbs to.
- Potato & Pancetta Mac & Cheese - There's just something so earthy and satisfying about this dish.
- Ham & Potato Soup - Served alongside some of that homemade bread, a little soup really goes a long way.
- Ham & Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes - Add whatever you've got in the fridge. It's the perfect recipe for the frugal witch.
- Potato Bread - It's loaf mass, so we just had to.
- Dill Potato Salad - Dill brings good fortune.
Again, I just saw garlic on a list of lughnasadh foods and went with it. It has strong protective qualities, but I'm going to guess it made the list because of it's slightly fiery qualities. Plus, it's in season this time of year, so let's eat it while it's flourishing.
- Garlic Herb Toast - Whether you've baked your own bread or used store-bought, this is a great way to honor your loaf.
- Garlic & Herb Focaccia Bread - If you do want to make your own bread, this soft and chewy loaf is topped with roasted garlic and fresh herbs.
- Creamy Garlic Spinach Dip - Something delish to dip your bread in.
- Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert - Because I love you.
- Garlic & Herb Baked Chicken - For the kitchen witch in a hurry.
- Easy Garlic Mac & Cheese - Another great recipe for beginner kitchen witches.
- Spaghetti with Garlic Lemon Breadcrumbs - Use fresh herbs and crumbs from your Lammas loaf.
I think we'll see apples again for our Mabon feast, but they're just starting to come into their own in August, so I've included them in the recipes to celebrate lammas. Apples contain a hidden pentagram for spiritual protection, and they're commonly associated with witchcraft and magic.
- Apple Butter - If you've got more apples than you can eat, turn them into spiced apple butter and spread them on toast from all that bread you're making.
- Cloudy Cider Cup - Hard cider is possibly the most common use for apples here in the UK. Fill your cup with fresh fruits and herbs to heighten the spell.
- Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies - These cookies are insanely delicious, even though they're artificially flavored. Remember, it's all about your intention.
- Apple Margarita - It's a party, right?
- Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese - Apple and cheddar were meant for each other.
- Pork & Apple Hot Pot - Taking pork chops and apple sauce to the next level.
- Orange & Amaretto Cider - A sunny way to enjoy your cider. Add a splash of mead if you've got it.
- Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail - I think this would be a beautiful prosperity spell.
- Apple Brandy Punch - This frozen punch would make a great low alcohol libation for your feast.
- Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter - Start your feast day with something delicious.
- Green Apple Martini - Raise a glass with your coven.
We're calling in the energy of the sun by sprinkling a little cinnamon into the feast. Great for prosperity and spiritual connection, cinnamon is one of my favorite baking flavors.
- Snickerdoodle Cookies - You don't need to wait until Christmas to eat these.
- Snickerdoodle Cupcakes - You know, for cakes and ale.
- Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with with Blackberry Brown Butter Syrup - Blackberries are also big this season. And we've come right back to wheat as well.
- Homemade Churros with Chocolate Sauce - Because there really aren't enough excuses to make homemade churros.
- Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake - This is made with a yeasted dough and has a bright, sunny lemon glaze.
- Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants - Use store-bought puff pastry for these sweet treats.
- Hint of Cinnamon Chocolate Cake - This showstopper is actually made with boxed cake mix. A coven mate says its the best cake she's ever had.
- Chocolate Cinnamon Cake - If you're looking for something a little more humble, this loaf cake is still completely delicious.
A few more for fun
There are always a few things that I think would be perfect but don't quite seem to fit in anywhere else. Here we're talking oats and berries, especially blackberries. Oh, and another shout out to rosemary. All of these would be perfect recipes to celebrate lammas.
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes - This recipe makes enough for one very hungry witch.
- Brie & Blackberry Grilled Cheese - Make your own blackberry jam if you're feeling cottagy.
- Kir Royale - Made with raspberry liqueur, this seems like a beautiful and sophisticated way to celebrate the harvest.
- Homemade Oat Cakes - Very Scottish and much better than store-bought.
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Possibly my favorite way to eat whole grains.
- Jam Tarts - With all those berries flourishing, I imagine there might be a lot of jam making.
- Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta - The fresh rosemary is the best part of this dish.
With all that, I'm sure you've found a few recipes to celebrate Lammas in spectacular fashion. If you make one of these recipes, I’d love to see it. Share your photos on Instagram, and hashtag them #awesomeon20.
And be sure to check my Kitchen Magick page for specific correspondences of various ingredients.
Joyous Lammas or Lughnasadh, my friends. May you find abundance in every aspect of your life.