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Community Oven The Common

Foods From Fort Four: Oatmeal Bread

One of the may recipes to be found in Foods From the Fort offered in our bookstore is Oatmeal Bread.  To make the bread you will need:

  • 1 cup rolled oates
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package active dry yeast (or not quite one tablespoon yest)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening or butter or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Places oats into a large bowl.  Pour the boiling water over oats then stir in the molasses, salt and shortening to the oats.  Let the oat mixture set about an hour until cool.

Once the oat mixture is cool, dissolve yeast in the lukewarm water in a small bowl.  Add the dissolved yeast to the cooled oat mixture.

Once the oat mixture and the yeast are mixed together, add in the flower one cup at a time.  Stir until well mixed.  Cover and let the oats/flour mixture rise until doubled in bulk.

Once the mixture has doubled in bulk, stir it down.  Spoon the sticky mixture into two greased bread tins.  Let rise again until almost doubled in bulk.

Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees and bake an additional 25 minutes.

After baking remove bread from pans and rub the top of the bread with butter.  Allow to cool.

Makes two loaves.

Community Oven The Common

Queen Cakes

From Hannah Glass’ “The Art of Cookery Plain and Easy” (1760)

  • take a pound of loaf sugar, beat and sift it
  • a pound of flour, well dried
  • a pound of butter
  • eight eggs
  • half a pound of currant, washed and picked
  • grate nutmeg
  • the same quantity of mace and cinnamon

Work butter to a cream, then put in your sugar, beat the whites of your eggs near half an hour, mix them with your sugar and butter, then beat your yolks near half an hour, and put them to your butter, beat them exceedingly well together, then put in your flour, spices and currants; when it is all ready for the oven, bake them in tins, and dust a little sugar on them/

Community Oven Maintenance & Repairs The Common Workshops

Building a Beehive Oven (Cob or Outdoor Bread Oven): Research

While doing some research in preparation for our upcoming beehive (cob) oven rebuild we came across some interesting materials.  Among these, from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is the Book The Bread Ovens of Quebec (BOILY, Lise, and Jean-François Blanchette. 1979).  Now out of print, but available in PDF form, The Bread Ovens of Quebec …