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Make Your Own Ostara/Easter Mint Tea Cakes

Courtney Washington, Staff Writer

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    From Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam to Native American Mysticism, Paganism, Spiritualism, Voodoo and Wicca, each religion shares one thing in common. They all celebrate rebirth, beginnings, and growth during the spring equinox.

    Wicca and Paganism especially have a sabbat during the equinox. For example, Wiccan and Neo-Pagan followers tend to celebrate Ostara during the spring equinox.

    The Ostara Sabbat begins on March 20, and continues to the third week of April. Ostara is just one of the many Wiccan, and Neo-Pagan sabbats. It symbolizes the beginning of the Vernal Equinox, or the spring equinox.

    Ostara celebrates the goddess Eostre, from around 673-735 CE, who symbolizes new beginnings, fertility, nature, and the Vernal Equinox. However, she is not the only deity celebrated during Ostara. Many Pagans and some Wiccans, depending on their religious practices and beliefs, also celebrate virgin/maiden goddesses, and fertility goddesses.

   When celebrating Ostara, many rituals are similar to standard Christian Easter practices. For example, the symbolism of the egg represents fertility, new beginnings, and the balance of life. The egg also symbolizes the great cosmic egg from which all life and the universe was hatched. In Christianity, the egg represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ, after he had been heaved on the cross. During Ostara, it is common to see several offerings to the goddesses, for example, many people create food offerings. This recipe can be a sweet treat for you and your family during Easter, or an offering for the goddesses during Ostara. 

 

Ostara Mint Tea Cakes:  

 

4 Cups of Flour

6 Eggs, beaten

1 Cup of Granulated Sugar

Crumbled, dried Mint leaves or 1/8 teaspoon of Mint flavoring

1 Quart Milk

2/3 Cup of softened Butter

Glaze:

1 Cup of Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoon of Milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light.
  3. Beat eggs until very light. Add to butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Add mint flavoring – taste.
  5. Add milk and mix well.
  6. Add flour and mix well.
  7. Pour into mini-muffin tins to fill each cup to halfway.
  8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool completely. Remove from muffin tin.
  10. Leave tea cakes “upside down” and drizzle with glaze. Garnish with candied violets.

 

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