Category Archives: Bread

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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Baking Wiggs Seed Cakes

We are going to be making wiggs today, a sweet little biscuit that was very popular in the 17th and 18th century. The term wigg comes from an earlier Dutch word meaning wedge. The loaves were cut into wedge shapes … Continue reading

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Cooking Ash Cakes

It was very common for soldiers in the 18th century, especially when they were on the march, to be issued their rations several days ahead of time. They would be issued several days of their bread ration, and because they … Continue reading

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1824 English Gingerbread

The recipe I’m making today is what’s called a light gingerbread from John Cook’s 1824 cookbook, Cooking and Confectionary. 2 cups flour 2 tsp. powdered ginger 1 cup Light or Barbados Molasses warmed 2 tbsp. Milk divided evenly ¾ tsp Pearl … Continue reading

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1796 Honey Gingerbread

This honey cake recipe is from Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, American Cookery. It is probably what we would think of as gingerbread today. 3 ½ cups Flour 1 tbsp. Ginger 1 tbsp. Cinnamon 3 tbsp. Diced Candied Orange Peel 1/3 … Continue reading

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Bread Stuffing

This is a delicious and simple bread stuffing from Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, American Cookery. Amelia Simmons suggested stuffing the bird before you roast it, but for safety purposes, you should cook this stuffing separately. 1 pound Wheat Breadcrumb 3 Eggs well beaten … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle Soup

I have many memories from my formative boyhood years of tromping through the woods, discovering nature, getting dirty, and hunting for anything with more than (or less than) two legs with which I could startle my poor dear mother. Occasionally, the call … Continue reading

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