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Civil War Recipes


1 quart milk

1 pt. corn meal

1 teacup wheat flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. melted butter

2 eggs, well beaten

1/2 tsp. soda, dissolved in spoonful of water

1/2 c. yeastScald milk and gradually pour it on the meal. When cool add butter and salt and yeast. Do this at night. In the morning beat the eggs and mix with soda water. Pour batter into cooking vessel and bake from 20-30 minutes.



One cup of sweet milk,

One cup of sour,

One cup of corn meal,

One cup of flour,

Teaspoon of soda,

Molasses one cup;

Steam for three hours,

Then eat it all up.



Two cups water One tablespoon salt

Add Flour until dough is not "sticky"

Roll out to the Army standard - one-half inch.

Cut into 3 and a quarter by 3 inch pieces.

Use the end of a wooden spoon or some other round object to put in the 16 holes - four rows of four - in each piece.

Bake at 400 degrees for one hour.



3/4 c. butter

1 c. sugar plus a bit for sprinkling

1/4 c. molasses

1 egg, beaten

2 c. wheat flour, lumps and worms removed

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 tsp. baking sodaHeat oven to 350 degrees (medium hot.) Mix butter and sugar with fork until light and creamy-looking. Add molasses and egg and mix again. In another bowl mix flour, salt, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and baking soda and mix thoroughly; add a bit at a time of the flour mix to the main bowl until all is mixed well. Pinch off a wad of dough and roll between your palms until it is shaped into a ball, about 1 1/2 inches diameter. (You can try coating your hands with flour for this step to keep dough from sticking, but it probably will anyway.) Put balls onto cookie sheet about 3 inches apart, as they will spread out a lot while baking. Squish down slightly on each ball with bottom of a clean cup or your hand then sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake until brown and crisp, about 10 minutes per sheet.



1 lb potatoes, peeled

1/4 lb. beef suet, chopped fine, any skins or strings removed

1 tsp. salt

1/4 c. flour

About 1 cup milk

Peel potatoes and put in pot with cold water. Put pot not too close to fire and bring to a boil; cook until potatoes are tender all through. Remove potatoes from water and set one at a time on clean cloth or napkin, roll gently to remove water and dry off. Crumble dried potatoes into minced beef suet and mix well. Add and mix in salt Add just enough milk to make thick batter, and beat well. Take a good square of strong, clean cloth and dip in hot water, then wring out. Dredge cloth in flour. Put pudding on cloth and bring edges together. Tie loosely; pudding will swell during cooking. Put tied pudding into pot of hot water and boil for 1 hour.

Thats all for now. Much More soon to come.

****Taken from Civil War Interactive Page, the only Interactive Civil War Magazine on the net. You can visit them at:

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