Happy first day of fall and Blessed Mabon, y’all!
Mabon is the celebration of the arrival of autumn, falling each year on the fall equinox. The name “Mabon” derives from the name of the Welsh god of light, Mabon ap Modron, son of the Earth Mother goddess, Modron (or Matrona). Modron is believed by some to have been a possible inspiration for the character of Morgan, and therefore, her son is thought to share a few similarities to Mordred. In Celtic mythology, the figure of Mabon is even said to have joined Arthur’s war band and fought alongside him on the battlefield.
Modron and Mabon were a powerful mother-son pair that were worshipped in the area of Britain around Hadrian’s Wall, most likely around harvest season, to give thanks for a successful crop year. That’s why today, in Wiccan and Celtic religious and spiritual practices, the fall equinox is called “Mabon”; it’s usually spent picking apples, decorating for fall, or baking delicious treats! It’s also time to start welcoming the darker half of the year, and the darker Arthurian entities that go with it. ❤
Around this time of year, I usually make an apple-carrot harvest loaf, and I thought I’d share the recipe with you! It’s delicious and super easy to make. Pair it with a glass of apple cider or a steaming cup of tea, and you’re good to go for the first breezes of autumn! Enjoy. 🙂
Apple-Carrot Harvest Loaf
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves in large bowl.
- Combine eggs, milk and oil in small bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
- Fold in apple, carrots and raisins.
- Pour batter into loaf pan (or Dutch oven!). Sprinkle the top with a pinch of cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake for approximately 50 min.
- Enjoy! 🙂