Category Archives: Bread

Making Leaven

Leaven or Sourdough Starter is very easy to make. First you make a very simple bread. 4 cups unbleached Bread Flour 1 tsp. Kosher Salt 1 packet Instant Yeast 1 ½ cups warm water Mix together your bread flour, salt, … Continue reading

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Leaven

There is a distinction between the word leavening and the word leaven. The word leavening is a generic term meaning anything that you add to dough that creates a lighter and fluffier loaf when you’re finished. Leavening can be mechanical, … Continue reading

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Ship’s Bisket

Throughout history, bread has been a vital staple of life. . Archaeological evidence suggests that pre-Neolithic cultures baked very simple flat bread on hot stones and sourdough breads have been made for millennia. First century Romans observed the Celts of … Continue reading

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Historic Mixed Grain Bread

Bread was an important food source in the 18th century. Not only was it a staple, in and of itself, but it was also an important ingredient in many other foods. It was known to many as a staff of … Continue reading

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18th Century Cornbread

For common people in 18th century Great Britain and the American colonies, there were three main dietary pillars, bread, porridge, and ale. People depended on these three things for survival. While there were many similarities between English cooking and that … Continue reading

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How to Build an Earthen Oven

The existence of ovens like this is easily documented for the 18th century. In fact, just about every ancient culture had a very similar oven. There’s one particular wood cut illustration from medieval times depicting an earthen oven built on … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle Soup

Stinging nettles hold a very special place in 18th century food and medicine. Medical books from the time period mention these stinging nettles as good for stopping hemorrhages and promoting urine flow. Large amount of fresh Stinging Nettles 1 ½ … Continue reading

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