Tag: colonial foods

Baking Historic Mixed Grain Breads: 18th Century Cooking S2E13

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 life. Bread played such an important role in the nutritional needs of society that when…

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Pain Perdu – Historical French Toast – 18th Century Cooking S2E19

Mmm. Who doesn’t like a nice big plate of French toast? Nice firm bread soaked in eggs with milk, maybe garnished with a little bit of fresh fruit, some cinnamon and slathered over the top with maple syrup. Have you ever wondered where this dish came from? What genius mind created it and who throughout…

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How to Build an Earthen Oven

In this video, we’re going to show you 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 a…

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Sourdough from Leaven: 18th Century Breads, Part 5. Cooking with Jas. Townsend and Son S2E16

In our last episode, we made leaven. Leaven is old dough that you save back and you use it to inoculate a new batch of dough with yeast. We took our leaven and we preserved it in salt. Today we’re going to wake this leaven back up and use it to make a new batch…

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No-Knead French Bread: 18th Century Breads, Part 7. Cooking with Jas. Townsend and Son S2E18

There’s been a very interesting bread baking technique that’s been floating around the internet since about 2007. It’s called No-knead bread. It uses a very simple dough, a high moisture content and it’s baked in a Dutch oven. I would encourage you to watch the video sometime, it’s very worthwhile. No-knead bread, because of its…

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