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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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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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Cheshire Pork Pie

Salt Pork Apples Pepper Salt Butter Water Top and Bottom Pie Crusts In our recipe, we’re going to be using salt pork. This is true 18th century style salt pork, not something like you might find on your grocery store … Continue reading

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Mock Passenger Pigeon Pie

Passenger pigeons were one of the most populous birds in the 18th and 19th century. There were billions of these birds on the planet. They were almost a scourge there were so many of them. They were very popular and … Continue reading

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Baking Simple Gingerbread

Gingerbread was a favorite treat in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many vendors sold it in the streets and markets. Many believe gingerbread possesses special medicinal properties, so it was even used to treat things like the sniffles. 2 cups … 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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