Davina here - Its Harvest Festival tomorrow and to celebrate it Elfie and I have been baking some mini harvest loaves for friends, which we delivered on our new box bike yesterday afternoon, which Elfie now calls our Bread Box Bike!
Harvest festival is an annual celebration, which occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Harvest festivals typically feature feasting, both family and public, with foods that are drawn from crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival.
In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. Since wheat is one of our biggest crops we grow it has become a tradition to celebrate Harvest Festival by baking bread with newly reaped wheat and these loaves are called Harvest Loafs.
Harvest is from the Old English word hærfest, meaning "Autumn". It then came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering grain and other grown products. The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon. Harvest festival is traditionally held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest Moon (normally around the 22 or 23 September).
I had an idea that we'd make perfect mini loaves but of course Elfie was too excited to do that and was busy making shapes using scissors and her bare hands. This one above is a giant star and below you might spot a heart.
We didn't have much time to wrap as it was getting close to bath time by the time the bread was ready so we quickly wrapped the loaves in greaseproof paper and old tea cloths and used twine to secure. We added an autunmal leaf to each parcel to decorate it - I knew these leafs I collected from outside Elfie's school on Thursday would have a purpose!