Magna Mater Bread

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The ancient Romans celebrated a six-day festival in honor of Magna Mater, the great mother. I’ve taken this as an earth-day kind of celebration, and I make a point of making bread by hand on the first day of her festival. Usually I make a small braided loaf for me and my house, and two larger loaves to give away. I try to make bread 2-3 times during this festival, and then again later in the month for the festival of Ceres.

This is the standard Yeasted Bread recipe from the Tassajara Bread Book. It’s really eay to make bread, and everyone should do it regularly, if you’re not allergic to gluten or have celiac disease.

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