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Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Recipe for Christmas Cake, brought over from Ireland to Pontiac County Quebec by Mrs. Ryan some time in the 1800s. Written out by Lola Keon. We are including this in the original handwriting, because handwriting is rare and becoming extinct. Christmas Cake (Fruit) 1 pound butter 1 pound white sugar 2 pounds raisins 2 pounds currants 2 pounds dates 1 cup molasses 1 pound peel 10 eggs 5 cups flour 1 tsp soda 15 cups cherries 1.5 cups nuts 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cloves 1 tsp nutmeg Grease pan and paper liners. Mix butter, eggs and ... (Continue reading)

Making a bread oven

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A bread oven is simply a dry hollow pile of mud and straw in which a fire is built. When the fire dies down, the hot mud bakes whatever is put into it, whether bread, vegetables, or meat. It is a technology that has pre-historic origins and follows a common pattern across continents: the bread ovens of Africa, the Native American Hornos, and most important for us, the clay ovens of French Canada. Curiously, I cannot find any rural tradition ... (Continue reading)

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