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Breads were indeed the "staff of life" to the colonists, and adding a little sugar, honey or sweet spice turned their breads into cakes. There were many different varieties of breads and cakes in early America, as you'll discover in the recipes below.
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Colonial dessert

Basic baking

Basic baking

Which may be flavoured with Ground Ginger, Cinnamon, &c. &c.

Basic bread

Tangy treat

Basic bread

Basic baking

Basic baking

Basic baking

Basic baking

..with potatoes

(Miss Acton's Recipe)

A sweet brown bread

Makes 12 buns or one cake

Makes 18 buns

Basic baking

Makes 7-8 buns

aka Christening Cake

Suitable for sending to Children at School

Basic baking

Basic baking

Holiday dessert

Adapted for bread machine

for Boiled Puddings

For Raised Pies

Basic baking

"for Pies or Puddings"

Great use for dill seed

Basic baking

Makes six rolls

Small cakes/cookies

Mayflower-era treat

Sweet colonial bread

Tasty sweet bread

Basic baking

Basic baking

Sweet bread

Apple-nut cake

Colonial maize bread

Basic baking

Basic baking

for Family Pies

French pie dough

aka French Crust, for Raised Pies

Rich Pie Dough

Moderately-sweet cake

Economy puff paste

Used in many other recipes

Delicious autumn bread

Basic baking

A tasty herbed bread

Modernized colonial bread

Colonial sweet bread

Basic baking

Colonial dessert

Tasty breakfast treat

Colonial cake

Cake with your tea

Crusty & slightly sour
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