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  1. Claude Bauer

    Period Soldier's Bread--troops in Frederick, MD enjoy locally baked bread vs. hardtack

    Posted today by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located in Frederick, MD: Soldiers garrisoned in Frederick, Maryland were receiving something more than the standard ration of "hard tack" in February 1863. From the Frederick Examiner, February 4, 1863: "SOLDIER’S BREAD – A loaf of...
  2. JPChurch

    Period "Recreated" Banana Nut Bread

    I've always used the recipe for banana nut bread from my mom's 1948 edition of "The American Woman's Cookbook." She got this as a wedding gift when she and my dad married that year. So it's a cherished cook book and heirloom. It even has color pictures of different finished recipes on fancy...
  3. donna

    Period Christmas Bread Pudding with Cherries

    Breadpudding w:User:Perlow [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Always love bread pudding. This recipe for Bread Pudding with Cherries is wonderful to make for the Holidays. It is so delicious and festive. Soak one half pound of bread in cold water until soft. Press out water and beat out...
  4. lupaglupa

    Period The many joys of stale bread

    Eating stuffing for the fifth day in a row makes me think about all the ways our ancestors used their stale bread. There are hundreds of recipes - many of which we still use today - that were inspired by the need to make stale bread into something tasty. Many of us don't even think of these...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Period " Dyspepsia Bread ", An Annoyed Recipe With Indigestion 1864

    Sometimes I'm convinced we require a bilingual dictionary Found in an 1864 cook book by " An American Lady " this hysterically named bread made with brown flour ( i.e. their version of unbleached meaning entire tree limbs inclusive of acorns went into it- chewy stuff! ) is- swear to goodness -...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated Molasses Soda Bread

    A slice of this nutty, slightly-sweet soda bread pairs well with butter and jam or molasses butter. It is also tasty covered with melted cheese. Beware! One slice may not be enough! Molasses Soda Bread Ingredients for bread: 2¾ cups whole-wheat flour ⅓ cup all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Spotted Dog: A Traditional Irish Fruit Bread

    In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd post a recipe for an authentic, traditional, Irish fruit bread or spotted dog. It seems at the time of the year when the men were working particularly hard in the fields, the farmer’s wife would reward them with a richer, sweeter bread than...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Our Ancestor's Single Cell Fungi, Bread's BFF Yeast

    One of the earthenware pots in this crowded, early kitchen, maybe on a shelf far removed from the oven's heat, would have been contained that household's indespensible yeast. Yeast, so it's an erroneous title, really. No yeast, no bread. Or beer, mead, wine, bitters or anything fermented...
  9. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Graham Bread

    Graham bread is named after Reverend Sylvester Graham. He invented the bread in 1829. Graham bread was promoted as ‘health bread’ since Victorian white bread wasn’t made with white flour but with bleached whole wheat flour. Reverend Graham also propagated a vegetarian Graham diet, alcohol...
  10. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    History Bath Buns

    Culture... a bath bun and a pot of tea, Bath, United Kingdom (9605677635) Richard Allaway from France [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Bath buns are a sweet yeast based roll originally developed in Bath, England, a town famous for his...
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