With Yule just around the corner I thought I’d post some recipes and things to do for the longest night of the year. All information can be found in Seasons of the Witch by Gail Duff.
Yule, The Winter Solstice, is the longest night of the year. So we light fires and burn candles to bring light back into this day. This the the time where the Oak King wins out the battle with the Holly King. On Yule, we give gifts and bring lights and evergreens into the home– we welcome back the son.
8 oz pitted dates
5fl oz rum
5fl oz red grape or orange juice
8 oz whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6oz softened butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 medium carrot, finely grated
6 oz currants
6 oz raisins
4 oz candied cherries
Chop the dates and soak them in the rum and fruit juice for 12 hours. Heat the oven to 300F. Liquidize the dates, rum, and juice in a food processor. Add the flour, spices, butter and eggs and work everything to a smooth mixture. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and fold in the carrot, currants, raisins, and cherries. Put the mixture into a greased 9×13 cake pan. Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre. it will cook to a very dark colour because of the dates–this does not mean it is burned. Turn the cake onto a wire rack to cool.
1 bottle dry red wine (not too cheap)
3 oz honey (or more to taste)
2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
2 pieces blade (whole) mace
1 chip nutmeg
1 small piece dried ginger root, bruised
1 small orange, sliced without peeling
1 apple, sliced without peeling
Put all the ingredients into an enamel or stainless steel saucepan. Set them on a low heat and bring the wine to just under boiling point.. keep it hot, but not boiling, for 10 minutes and leave it in a warm place for another 20 minutes.
I hope that gets you all excited for the Solstice if you aren’t already, I’ll talk more about Yule on my Yule podcast.