Recipe for bread by Louis Liger, 1711

This is the recipe and mise en place for my Zoom bread history seminar/workshop for Thursday, June 25, 2020, 9am Pacific Time. Please have the ingredients weighed out for the start of the seminar. The Ingredients for the First Build This is the Mise en Place for the Final Build. I have increased the water … Continue reading Recipe for bread by Louis Liger, 1711

Mise en Place for Flatbread Seminar/Workshop #6

This week I am introducing flatbreads through an introduction to the history of bread. This is just an introduction to flatbreads. I am planning further sessions just on flatbreads led by people who are more expert than I am. It looks like we will be able to organize a session on flatbreads from the Indian … Continue reading Mise en Place for Flatbread Seminar/Workshop #6

Making Pine Bark Bread

In most of Europe, bread made from bark was a famine food. It was more regularly eaten Europe's far North. The "bark" in bark bread is actually the cambium¬†layer that grows under the bark. Pine was a common tree to use for bark breads. The¬†cambium layer is pealed from the tree, dried, and ground into … Continue reading Making Pine Bark Bread

Sir Hugh Plat’s Manuscript: An English Bread circa 1560

There is one of the earliest bread recipes written in English and this is its first publication.

The recipe is found in a manuscript book mostly written by Sir Hugh Plat but as Malcom Thick points out in his book, Sir Hugh Plat: The Search for Useful Knowledge in Early Modern London, many of the food recipes, including this one, were written by an unknown author with the initials TT. Malcolm Thick believes that this recipe probably dates to the 1550s or 1560s. I am preparing these early manuscript bread recipes for publication. If you would like to be notified when this book will be available for publication please sign up for my mailing list.

Manchet Bread from The Good Huswifes Handmaide in the Kitchen (1594)

This one of the earliest and most important English bread recipes. The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchen was published in England in 1594. It is one of the first English cookbooks. The anonymous author offers a wide range of recipes, mostly simple, and most reasonably accessible to modern readers. The book includes two recipes … Continue reading Manchet Bread from The Good Huswifes Handmaide in the Kitchen (1594)