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
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
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
I was at an event the other night at the California Academy of Sciences. Cocktail party talk. In that context I was asked what I am so often asked, "What is your favorite bread." It sounds flip, but it is true. My favorite bread is the most recent one I've made.
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.
A very light pleasant bread is made in France by a mixture of apples and flour, in the proportion of one of the former to two of the latter. The usual quantity of yeast is employed as in making common bread, and is beat with flour and warm pulp of the apples after they have … Continue reading An American Apple Bread circa 1860
The sound track is awful -- a solo piano piece that grates on my nerves -- and the baker is a professional from an odd kind of restaurant where he wears latex gloves while baking. This said, there is a recipe (modern, it includes sugar and is made with the whitest of white flour), and … Continue reading Saj Bread with Recipe
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)