Pagan Thanksgiving Baking Ritual

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No matter your religious or spiritual preference, if you’re in the US, you’re likely celebrating Thanksgiving today.  Taken at it’s root, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to gather with friends and family and just simply celebrate what we have as opposed to what we do not.

For my family, it’s natural for us to just incorporate Thanksgiving into a Samhain transition into Yule holiday. We are still bountiful for our fall harvests, apples, grains and meats are plentiful.  This holiday just gives me more excuses to bake them and practice my kitchen witchery!

Prosperity and Warmth Spell

Turn on warm and happy music.

Gather your favorite mixing bowl and spoon.

Gather your apples and sugar.

Light a red candle for warmth and love.
Light a green candle for prosperity.

Sprinkle sugar over the apples and say:

These apples who grew so lovely on the tree,

Thank you for coming to me.

May your warmth fill my body.

Like the bounty of your boughs,

May your blessings fill my pantry!

Now as you are mixing and blending the ingredients, focus your intentions on what you are thankful for and what you’d like to see in the next year.  Circle your spoon clockwise in the bowl to bring those things into your life.

As the pie bakes, think of the spell transforming and coming into fruition.

Then when you share the pie with your friends and family, know that you’re sharing your love, blessings and intentions with them.

Happy Thanksgiving Folks!

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Tree of Life Apple Pie

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • About 5 cups thinly sliced apples (peeled and cored), 8-10 medium apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • Double pie crust
  • 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water
  • granulated sugar

 

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Roll out and place an uncooked pie crust in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Place the apple mixture in the uncooked pie shell. Place small pieces of butter on top of apple mixture.
  4. Take some pie dough and shape it into the tree trunk, branches and leaves. Start with the trunk and branches, then layer the leaves onto the branches and decoratively around the side of the pie crust.
  5. Mix the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water together in a small bowl and then brush the top with water and sprinkle with sugar before baking.
  6. Bake at 450 for the first 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 and continue cooking for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  7. If the edge of the crust starts to brown more quickly than the center, carefully cover the edge with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.
  8. Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before serving. Can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature.
  9. Don’t forget the a’la’mode!