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An Ancient Bread to Celebrate an Ancient Holiday

October 30, 2014

Here is an oldie but goldie on an ancient bread that has been baked to celebrate Halloween for centuries. Enjoy and happy halloween!

The Go Lightly Gourmet

“The spirits of dead friends sought the warmth of the
Samhain fire and communion with their living kin.”
Janet Farrar

Barmbrack, ancient All Hallows eve bread

Halloween is one of the oldest holidays on our calendar. It dates all the way back to the ancient Celts, some 2000+ years ago, who called it Samhain, (pronounced, sow-in.) Samhain means summer’s end and it was a time to harvest crops and animals and get ready to hunker down for the long winter months. Samhain was their New Year’s Eve and was a time of merry making and feasting.

These folks believed that on Samhain, the veil between the worlds grew very thin and ghosts would walk the land to visit the living and perhaps do a tad of mischief. This is true, in a way, because this holiday is on the exact day that night and day are the same length. It is a plunge into the darkness…

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