Spring Recipes to Make for Beltane
Spring recipes are perfect for Beltane. There are so many amazing ones that you can make on your own or share with your coven if you’re in one. Food is a great way to connect during a sabbat along with any rituals you may be doing. This is because, traditionally, most pagan sabbats are centered around feasting and partying. This is especially true when it comes to Beltane so don’t be afraid to go all out with beautiful spring plants, flowers, delicious food and libations, candles, and plant the seeds for new growth. After all, fertility is the main theme for this greater sabbat. So, with that in mind, I thought I would share some of my favorite spring recipes for Beltane.
Amaranth Honey Bread via Melangery
This is the kind of bread that looks impressive, but is fairly simple to make. It’s delicious and works great as a centerpiece for a spread if you’re planning a party or enjoying with coven-mates. Plus, grains are always a staple in sabbat celebrations so it’s great to include. If you don’t get around to this one during Beltane, you can always try it at midsummer, if you prefer.
Traditional Custard via The Cheeky Seagull
Any kind of foods with dairy influence are great around this time. Although they aren’t heavily influenced like at Imbolc, they’re still great to include and this traditional custard is a delicious dessert that’s simple enough to make ahead of time.
Wildflower Mead via GrowForageCookFerment
Alcohol is pretty common for rituals and sweet mead is a great choice for spring if you find that you or your coven-mates don’t like wine. Wildflower mead is perfect for any spring sabbat like spring equinox (AKA Ostara) or Beltane. If you’ve not tried mead before, I just want to note that it’s VERY sweet. It’s made with honey. The wildflowers and citrus in this recipe help offset the sweetness a bit, but it still has quite a bit of sugar so that’s something to be mindful of if you aren’t into sugary drinks or want to limit sugar intake.
Floral Shortbread Wreaths via Bon Appetit
Shortbread cookies are fairly common sabbat mainstays. These, in particular, would be great for any sabbats, esbats, or other ritual gatherings with your coven. They look impressive, but aren’t too difficult to make and they definitely “feel” like spring, you know? Plus, shortbread is delicious!
Traditional Beltane Cake via The Wild Geese
If your goal is to be a purist during sabbats, then this traditional Beltane cake is the way to go. It has more wintry and aromatic flavors as opposed to floral influences. The recipe includes cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, amaretto (almond liquor), vanilla, and brown sugar so it’s definitely more wintry feeling, in my opinion, but great nonetheless.
Sponge Cake with Berries and Cherries via Hungry Australian
This gorgeous layer cake with berries on it is definitely impressive and will likely a bit more time to put together, but hey, if you have the time, it’s a gorgeous finished result, no?
I hope you all have a wonderful Beltane 🙂