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Old family bread recipes

Barkalounger's picture

Old family bread recipes

Doc Jim's post about ancient Greek recipes got me thinking.  Does anyone have old bread recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.?  Do you use them?  I have one for "brown bread" from about 100 years ago that I'm fond of.  I wouldn't call it "artisan", but it makes a good basic WW loaf (the original recipe made 8 loaves, which I'm guessing was imperative when you lived on the the prairie). 

PaddyL's picture

The only bread recipe I can remember my mother making was soda bread, the real stuff, with baking soda, no baking powder.  Hot out of the oven, slathered with butter, that's heaven right there.  My father took a recipe for buttermilk whole wheat bread and played around with it and changed it sufficiently to make it his own, and I've got all his notes for every single batch, but it isn't a bread I make very often, oddly enough.