Merry Meet on this last day of August! I’m sure you all are enjoying the last of the Summer days. I hope everyone is ok after both the Earthquakes that hit even my area (I didn’t feel it but heard the rumbling and didn’t know what it was) and Hurricane Irene that was so widespread all along the East Coast….worse in some places then expected and not as bad in others as expected. I have several facebook friends who were impacted and though they have had some trials with flooded basements, downed trees, and massive power outages….everybody is ok I’m happy to say.
I am also happy to say that Summer is about over here in Ohio. This has been one of the hottest Summers on record here…way too many days over 90 degrees in July and August. Here towards the end of August we have had some delightful days that have given me over to thinking about Autumn as you can tell from my last post. There are some signs of Autumn around my yard and around my town as well. The stores have started decorating for Fall, some trees have started getting some color, the sedums are changing color, mums are in the garden centers, apples are heavy on the trees. Ground critters are gathering, deer have full antlers, birds are busy at the feeders and geese are gathering. I just love it!
So as I said in my last post, I’m going to give you some recipes that I think are perfect for Mabon. Some I have made and some I plan on making. These are all from my own recipe box or cookbooks. You will see a theme going I think when you peruse them….:) I just love cooking and baking in the Fall. There is something so cozy about the house scented with good foods in the crock pot or the oven or the stovetop. So here you go with a few wonderful recipes!
Oh, I always start with an oil blend and loose incense recipe for the Sabbat:
Mabon Oil Blend
4 drops Rosemary
4 drops Frankincense
2 drops Apple
1 drop Chamomi
Use 1/8 cup Almond Oil for Base
Mabon Loose Incense
2 parts sandalwood
2 parts pine
1 part rosemary
1 part cinnamon
1 part dried apple
1 part dried oak leaf
This Mabon incense recipe is one of my favorites…it just smells incredible!
Ok, now onto the good stuff for our stomachs!
Hot Berry Cider
1 gallon apple cider
32 oz bottle cranberry juice cocktail
8 allspice berries
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, halved
Combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins. Strain to remove spices; serve.
Makes 20 servings.
Apple Walnut Coffee Cake
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
¾ cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 apples, cored, peeled and chopped
Combine flour, brown sugar, and butter with a fork until crumbly; stir in nuts. Divide mixture in half. Press one half into the bottom of a buttered 9 ½” springform baking pan to form crust; set aside. Add baking soda, cinnamon and salt to remaining crumb mixture; mix well. Make a well in the center; set aside. Beat egg with sour cream and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth; add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in apples; spread batter evenly over crust.
Bake at 375* for one hour and 20 minutes or until cake tests done; cool in pan on a wire rack. Makes 12 servings.
Pineapple Zucchini Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat an oven to 325* Line the bottom of two 9×5-inch loaf pans with parchment paper.
Mix flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl. Beat sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a large mixing bowl, and stir in zucchini and pineapple. Gradually pour in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in raisins and walnuts, mixing to evenly combine. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Working with one loaf at a time, hold the pan on its side and gently tap the sides of the pan against the counter to loosen it. Cover the pan with a cooling rack, and invert it to tip the cake out of the pan and onto the rack. Peel off the parchment paper, and allow bread to cool completely.
Maple Autumn Squash Soup
1 lb butternut squash, peeled, cubed and boiled
½ cup butter, divided
¼ cup maple syrup
3 Tb brown sugar, packed
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
3 Tb all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and chopped
2 cups light cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine squash with 4 Tb butter, syrup, brown sugar and spices; mash well and set aside. Melt remaining butter in a large pot over medium heat; add flour and cook for 3 mins, stirring constantly. Blend in broth and cook until soup thickens. Stir in squash mixture, applesauce and apples. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, stirring often. Add cream and heat just until soup begins to bubble around the edges. Cool and refrigerate overnight. Reheat over medium heat until warmed through. Makes 6-8 servings.
Autumn Tossed Salad
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 bunch romaine, torn
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 medium apple, chopped
1 medium pear, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
In a blender, combine the lemon juice, sugar, onion, mustard and salt. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Transfer to a small pitcher or bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.
In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, cheese, cashews, apple, pear and cranberries. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Makes 10 servings.
Cinnamon Apple Pork Tenderloin
1 to 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbs brown sugar, packed
2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tbs dried cranberries or raisins
Preheat the oven to 400°. Place the pork tenderloin in a roasting pan or casserole dish. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir. Spoon the apple mixture around the pork tenderloin. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove the lid and spoon the apple mixture over the tenderloin. Return to the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until pork tenderloin is browned and cooked through. A meat thermometer in the center should register at least 150° to 160°.
2 acorn squash, halved and seeded
½ cup apple juice
¼ cup butter, melted
¼ tsp. nutmeg
2 Tb brown sugar, packed
1 tsp orange zest
2 tart apples, cored and sliced
Place squash cut side-up in a 13” x 9” baking pan; pour apple juice on top and set aside. Combine butter, nutmeg, brown sugar and zest in a bowl. Divide apple slices evenly among squash halves; pour butter mixture over apples. Cover and bake at 375* for 45 to 50 mins. Serves 4.
Apple Cake with Butter Sauce
¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
2 tart apples, cored, peeled and grated
Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in egg and vanilla and set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in apples. Pour into a greased 8” x 8” baking pan. Bake at 350* for 40 – 45 mins. Serve warm with Butter Sauce. Makes 12 servings.
½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup half and half
Melt butter in a saucepan; stir in sugar, brown sugar and half and half. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 mins, stirring occasionally.
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1 unbaked pie crust (9 inches)
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Whipped topping or ice cream
In a bowl, blend sugar and spices. Beat eggs; add milk and vanilla. Combine the sugar mixture. Stir in potatoes; beat until smooth. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Combine topping ingredients. Remove pie from the oven; sprinkle with topping. Bake 10-15 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream.
As you can see, these recipes use a lot of apples, squash, nuts, sweet potatoes…foods that are abundant this time of year. Now I doubt you will want to make all of these for one meal LOL but there are plenty to choose from in different combinations. Have fun with them, add just one thing to what YOU like to fix. Remember to think about the fact that this is a Harvest festival and give thanks and blessings for the food on your table and remember the hard work that goes into getting in there..including YOUR hard work preparing it 🙂
Have family or friends over for a nice meal, start a bonfire and roast marshmallows outside or have the warm cider after you eat by the fire. Put out bales of hay with old blankets thrown over them for everyone to sit on. A soup party is sooo much fun to have this time of year. When light jackets or sweaters will do the trick on a cool Autumn night. Just make 2-3 different types of soups and keep them warm in crock pots. Add lots of toppers for the soups, some homemade bread, sweet cider and something made with apples for dessert and you have the makings of a great Mabon! Light candles in jars or lanterns to add ambiance. Use Fall colored bandannas as napkins. Give everyone a small mum to take home as a little gift or bake a loaf of bread for each family or give them a jar of apple butter or apple sauce you made yourself. The ideas for this Sabbat are endless!
To me Autumn is the most beautiful time of year but also the season that always seems to be the shortest..so be sure to make the most of it before that first Winter Snow 🙂
Until my next post, hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and that you all have a relaxing long weekend and if its not relaxing..well then I hope it’s fun!
Blessed Be, Autumn
*Sources…Recipes are from my own cookbooks and my own recipe box. Pics are from the internet.
18 responses to “Mabon Recipes…………”
omg I am a professional chef and this list of recipes are to die for!! all of them sound so yummy! …I had my menu already planned but I have to include a few of these also. thank you for sharing.
thanks you kindly for yummy recipes. Happy Autumn.
Thank YOU Joss….Happy Autumn to you!
I’m glad my son doesn’t get your blog or I’d be cooking non-stop for a week. They all look so yummy 🙂
LOL Pam…Thank you! Hugs!!
YUMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!! *sighs*, it doesn’t surprise me that your home will be smelling of apples and cinnamon very soon. I wanted to ask if Pumpkin can be a substitute for the squash in the soup? I loved it and its easy to make….Yay!!!! but everything looks fabulous….printing out the recipes, thank you sis Happy September!!!
Hey Irish my sister….I love Fall and the scents of the Season are amazing indeed! I see no reason why you can’t substitue pumpkin for squash..let me know if you try it 🙂
Happy September!! Love ya!
trying the apple cake tomorrow…thank u……blessed be….
Hi Lindy…Did you make it? Did you like it?? I’m going to make it again soon too
Hugs my friend!
I had my menu already planned out until I saw your recipes lol now I am having trouble deciding which ones of yours to add. thank you for sharing!
LOL Thank you..glad you like them!
That apple cake looks so good!! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Melissa…it IS good..I’ve made it and plan on making it again very soon 🙂
^_^ I am going to be doing this for my husband today! the Cinnamon Apple Pork Tenderloin ^_^
Hi Trish..oh let me know how you like it!!!
May I use one of our Mabon recipes in a newsletter? If so, how would you like it credited? Thank you!
I mean one of YOUR recipes, not our!
Feel free! Just credit to Autumn Earthsong at http://www.autumnearthsong.com