Make bread rings that look like the sun to summon it back (and to dip into your soup, too)
The Pagan celebration of Yule (Winter Solstice) begins on 21st December and we still incorporate many of Yule’s traditions today, such as bringing in a Yule log and hanging mistletoe. This simple sun bread is an easy make and a simple way to cheer and warm the darkest day of the year. Make one for your supper to dip into soup and one for a friend or neighbour to spread the sharing message of Yule.
You will need
400g strong plain white flour
115g plain white flour
300ml slightly warm water
1 tsp salt
1 sachet (7g) easy-blend
How to make
1 Sift flours and salt into a large bowl, mix in the yeast and add the water. Mix to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 mins.
2 Oil a bowl and put the dough into it, covering the top with cling film. Leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
3 Flour three baking trays. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured
surface and split into three portions.
4 Take one portion and roll it out into a long, thin length and join the ends
to form a circle. Place the circle onto a baking sheet and stretch it a little
more, then take a handful of flour and sprinkle and rub it all over the circle.
5 Take a pair of scissors and snip diagonally into the ring, then pull out
the point of the snip to form the first of the bread sun’s rays. Repeat all the
way around, pulling out the points as you go, and taking care not to disturb
the flour coating: it is the difference between the flour-coated parts and
the uncoated snipped parts that will help form the ray-like patterning.
6 Cover loosely with cling film or a clean tea towel and then repeat the
whole process with the other pieces of dough. Leave the covered rings to
prove until they’ve doubled in size.
7 Heat your oven to 200C/Fan 180/400F and bake for 35-40 mins,
until the tops are golden brown and the bases make a hollow sound when
tapped. Serve warm or cold.