Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Buckwheat Cakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon homemade baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon lard; melted
Additional melted oil for greasing the griddle

In a medium bowl, whisk together baking powder, soda, salt and flours.

In a large bowl, add the buttermilk, egg and slightly cooled melted lard. Add the molasses and whisk the ingredients together. Slowly add the flour mixture; stirring with a wooden spoon just until the flour is incorporated. Don’t over mix. Let the batter set for 5 minutes. Pour about 1/4 cup batter on to a medium-hot lightly greased griddle or cast-iron skillet. Cook until the edges look cooked and a few bubbles appear on top; flip to cook other side. Lightly brush more oil on the pan as needed to cook the remainder of cakes. Serve up immediately with warm maple syrup and butter. This recipe makes approximately 10 to 12 cakes.

Tidbit: Sprinkle a few droplets of cold water onto the griddle to see if the pan is ready. If the droplets bounce on the pan, begin cooking your cakes. If you are cooking this on an open-fire, do the heat the same as for pancakes.

This recipe will be in History Lover's Cookbook and is inexpensive to make for a large group. I have decided to add the recipe on the blog in thanks to those who visited recently.

Monday, July 30, 2012

About This Blog

The recipes on this blog are inspired by nineteenth century receipts, some without measurements. The articles included are about the history of foods used on this blog in recipes. You will also find many articles about the history of foods before and during the Civil War.

I have researched many great Civil War cook books and found that they aren't selling well. One of the difficulties in History Lover's Cookbook is that it fits into two categories, cookbooks and history. This makes the book difficult for retailers to place it.

In conclusion, History Lover's Cookbook, is based on anecdotes of the Civil War and recipes INSPIRED by the nineteenth century. I feel that knowing the types of foods eaten during this period are also important to our history. One could go on forever in composing a book about the subject.

Therefore, I have used the ingredients of the actual nineteenth century recipes but with my own directions. I also encourage re-enactors to use replica items to cook with or drink from. We don't want to damage the integrity of an antique nor do we want to come down with some illness from cooking with containers not food-safe.


Roxe Anne Peacock
Leave No Trace
Fatal Catch

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Flannel Cakes with Cherry Sauce


I might use this photo for the Flannel Cakes with Cherry Sauce. I do have approximately 200 choices and Heather will photoshop them later. #45 is bright which I love, but I have to get rid of some of the highlights. And the recipe will be in the cookbook. Sorry, it is not on the blog. The recipe made approximately 24 cakes.

Potato Soup

The recipe for this isn't on the blog but will be in the cookbook. My mom used to make Potato Soup for my family a lot when we were young. A bit of diced cooked salt pork would be a great addtion.

Split Pea Soup

Again, all photos I am putting on the blog today still need photoshopped and I have others if they don't work. This is one of my favorite recipes on the blog. And the homemade croutons top off the soup wonderfully. The recipe is on this blog.

Pound Cake

This is a photo of the Pound Cake. The recipe on the blog is different than the one that will be in the cookbook.

Potato Salad

The Potato Salad with Boiled Dressing is on this blog. The photo will be photoshopped for the cookbook.

Cold Slaw

The photos I am adding will all be photoshopped before the cookbook is completed by my daughter, Heather Land. The recipe for this photo is on the blog.

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

This is a photo of Cornmeal Griddle Cakes which will be in the cookbook. The recipe isn't on the blog.