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Harvest Festival

In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. The Harvest Festival is traditionally held on the Sunday nearest the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (sometime around September … Continue reading

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Regional Toasting Breads

The link between the first three of these recipes is the use of animal fats as opposed to margerine or butter. As a rule this produces a lighter end product. Huffkins are native to Kent, a county in the south-west … Continue reading

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More English Toasts

The soft, white Bap is really an import from France where the traditions of bread-making are probably even more diverse than those of England. But cut and toasted they make an excellent addition to our afternoon tea ‘toasts’ along with … Continue reading

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Another Toast!

A Toast Of England The ‘Sally Lunn’ is not really a cake at all. It is best described as a large, plain white bap said to have originated in the City of Bath, a stately old town in the South-West of … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread

The Religion of Bread The ability to sow and reap cereals is one of the chief abilities that allowed man to dwell in communities. The discovery of wheat as a self-replicating crop that could be harvested on a regular basis … Continue reading

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More Rationing

The Ministry of Food Unlike World War I, within days of the Second World War being declared the Ministry of Food was dusted off and let loose once more. Many unobtainable or limited ingredients simply went by the board. Government … Continue reading

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The Politics of Bread . . .

Bread And The Masses In Egypt, around 1000 BC, inquiring minds isolated yeast and were able to introduce the culture directly to their breads. A new strain of wheat was also developed that allowed for refined white bread. It is … Continue reading

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The Evolution Of Bread . . .

Bread is probably the most recognisable food-stuff known to man. It is one of the oldest prepared foods in so many countries around the globe. It is a staple food in Europe, European-derived cultures such as the Americas, the Middle East … Continue reading

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A Taste Of England

Though the number of traditional baking recipes from England may have to go a long way to match those of rural France there are many, that are still produced and eaten in the out-of-town districts, that reflect regional tastes. Quite a few are … Continue reading

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Cloutie Dumpling

A Taste Of Scotland The Cloutie dumpling is a traditional rich fruit pudding. Boiled in a clean, floured cloth it is usually made for high days and holidays. It is also the pre-cursor of both the birthday cake and Christmas cake. … Continue reading

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