Saturday, 1 October 2016

A Taste of Warm Bread

In 1852 a book called Roughing It In the Bush was published. The author, Susanna Moodie, accounts her first seven years in Canada starting in 1832. She includes a story about her "first Canadian loaf." She writes:

It not only required experience to know when it (the dough) was in a fit state for baking, but the oven should have been brought to a proper temperature to receive the bread. Ignorant of all this, I put my unrisen loaf into a cold kettle, and heaped a large quantity of hot ashes above and below it. The first intimation I had of the result of my experiment was the disagreeable odour of burning bread filling the house.

Susanna Moodie would have benefitted greatly if she had lived near some of Westfield's volunteers to give her proper instruction on baking bread. On Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. visitors can learn the way to bake a loaf of bread in a bake oven, a kettle or wood burning stove. Come taste and smell a little history. Admission for an adult is $9.50, a child 6-12 years is $5.50 and a child 5 and under is free. Visitors can also use their Nature's Reward Pass.

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