Category Archives: (Historical) Cooking Recipes

Here you’ll find (historical) cooking recipes and my entries for the Historical Food Fortnightly challenges.

15 Victorian Bread Baking Secrets – Perfect Bread With Wild Yeast From Scratch

How Victorians baked perfect bread by making their own yeast at home from scratch. 15 Victorian bread baking secrets that are still useful today!

15 Victorian Bread Baking Secrets - Perfect Bread With Wild Yeast From Scratch

The Victorians usually made their own yeast at home from scratch, even if commercial yeast was already available. However, the Victorians believed that wild yeast bread from scratch was better, healthier, more digestible and more flavorful. So they made their own yeast at home with hops, potatoes, flour, peas or grapes. Over the years, I’ve tried different spontaneously fermented bread recipes from the Victorian era: Some failed and some turned out delicious! Continue reading 15 Victorian Bread Baking Secrets – Perfect Bread With Wild Yeast From Scratch

Ancient Grape Must Bread With Grape Yeast Water

Bake ancient Roman grape must bread with only 3 ingredients! This wild yeast bread with grape yeast water is so easy to make and so delicious!

Ancient Grape Must Bread With Grape Yeast Water

Grape must bread is an ancient wild yeast bread recipe: Pliny published it in Naturalis Historia in 77 AD! 😀 Because the Romans didn’t have commercial yeast back then they usually made used must or fresh wine to make their own yeast from scratch. Continue reading Ancient Grape Must Bread With Grape Yeast Water

Hops Yeast Starter – Victorian Wild Yeast Bread

Make delicious wild yeast bread with hops yeast water starter from scratch!

Hops Yeast Starter - Wild Yeast Bread

The Victorians usually made their own yeast at home from scratch, even if commercial yeast was already available back then. But they preferred bread with homemade yeast because it was more flavorful and healthier.

In the Victorian era, homemade yeast from scratch usually contained hops. Just like beer, hops yeast bread tastes bitter because of the hops. This bitter taste is unusual in bread but not in an unpleasant way. And besides the bitter taste, hops yeast bread is also very moist compared to other wild yeast breads. Continue reading Hops Yeast Starter – Victorian Wild Yeast Bread

Victorian Graham Bread – No Yeast & Vegan

Victorian Graham Bread - No Yeast & Vegan

In the Victorian era, Graham bread was promoted as healthy bread. Graham bread is named after Sylvester Graham, a minister and dietary reformer. Victorians preferred white bread, whereas whole-wheat bread was considered rural and therefore inferior. Graham, however, argued that white bread is unhealthy because it was usually made from bleached whole-wheat flour at the time. No wonder that he propagated Graham bread as healthier than faux white bread that is loaded with toxic chemicals! Continue reading Victorian Graham Bread – No Yeast & Vegan

Victorian Salt Rising Bread – No-Yeast & Vegan

This old-fashioned salt rising bread has a mild taste. Unlike other salt rising bread recipes it has absolutely no cheese taste! And although it’s made from scratch, it’s quick to make: the bread is ready in just 7 hours! The Victorian salt rising bread is even allergy-friendly because it’s dairy-free, yeast-free, nut-free and vegan!

Victorian Salt Rising Bread

‘Salt-rising, or rather milk-rising bread[…] looks finer, tastes better, and is more healthy, beside being less work about making it than the common yeast bread. […] This bread if made aright, is white, moist, tender, [and] sweet’ (The Ohio Cultivator, 1859, p. 223).

The recipe for this salt rising bread is actually from the Victorian era, from 1859 to be precise! If you follow my blog, you know that I’m trying out old recipes from time to time: Victorian recipes, Edwardian recipes, Depression era recipes and sometimes even medieval recipes! And making this Victorian salt rising bread was on my list for a long time and now I finally made it!

The Victorian salt rising bread is the sixth recipe in my series about historical bread recipes without commercial yeast. Continue reading Victorian Salt Rising Bread – No-Yeast & Vegan

History Of The Flapper Pie + 5 Historical Recipes

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, Flapper Pie was know as Mock Cream Pie, Custard Meringue Pie or Chess Pie. Below are 5 historical flapper pie recipes.

History Of The Flapper Pie + 5 Historical Recipes

The pie which is known today as Flapper Pie in Canada dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian era. Flapper pie is a vanilla custard pie topped with meringue. Today, flapper pie is usually made with a graham cracker pie crust, in the Victorian and Edwardian era, however, the pie crust was usually an ordinary shortcrust pastry. A typical Victorian pie crust consisted of 4 ingredients: flour, butter, salt and cold water. Continue reading History Of The Flapper Pie + 5 Historical Recipes

The BEST Pie Crust Recipe – From 100 Years Ago!

This homemade, flaky, all-butter pie crust from scratch is the BEST pie crust I’ve tried so far!

The BEST Pie Crust Recipe From 100 Years Ago

This delicious pie crust recipe is from the Edwardian era and therefore over 100 years old! It was published in ‘Three Meals A Day’ in 1902. It’s the best pie crust recipe I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried many pie crust recipes over the years, like this 3-Ingredient German Shortbread Pie Crust, this Flaky 4-Ingredient Pie Crust, this Leftover Cake Crumb Pie Crust, and these 10+ Vegan Pie Crusts!

I love the vegan aquafaba pie crust and the flaky 4-ingredient pie crust, this Edwardian pie crust, however, is my all-time favorite: It’s buttery and flaky, and so easy to make! While it tastes almost like homemade puff pastry pie crust, it’s way easier to make! Continue reading The BEST Pie Crust Recipe – From 100 Years Ago!

Custard Meringue Pie – Edwardian Recipe

Edwardian custard meringue pie – one of the best historical pies I’ve tried so far! It’s simply heavenly!

Custard Meringue Pie - Edwardian Recipe

Custard meringue pie – also know as Mock Cream Pie, Chess Pie and in Canada as Flapper Pie – is a custard pie flavored with vanilla, bitter almond or lemon and topped with meringue! It’s easy to make and so delicious! Continue reading Custard Meringue Pie – Edwardian Recipe

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream – homemade from scratch with just 4 ingredients. This Victorian ice cream is so delicious: extremely creamy with a strong coffee taste!

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream taste just like ordinary coffee ice cream but the color is white – or rather light brown 😉 – instead of brown. In the Victorian era, white coffee ice cream was considered superior to ordinary coffee ice cream. While coffee ice cream was served at family dinners, white coffee ice cream was a suitable dessert for formal dinners and balls.

Coffee ice cream ‘will be brown, and not as delicate as’ white coffee ice cream. (The Book Of Ices, 1893, p. 14)

The following recipe for Victorian white coffee ice cream was published in The Book Of Ices in 1893. Continue reading Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert

Chestnut vermicelli – a traditional Austrian dessert – made with boiled chestnuts and vanilla sugar which is garnished with whipped cream. This recipe for chestnut vermicelli is from the Victorian era.

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli

Chestnut vermicelli is a delicious, old Viennese dessert made with just a few ingredients: The main ingredients are chestnuts and sugar. In Austria, chestnut vermicelli is called “Kastanienreis” – chestnut rice – because the dessert resembles rice or spaghetti. After the chestnuts are boiled, they are pressed through a colander which gives them that spaghetti-like appearance. Continue reading Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert