RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Buckwheat Cakes recipe from 1870


(Transcribed from The Times-Argus, Selma, Alabama January 27, 1870)

Dissolve half of yeast in a little warm water, and mix with a quart of buck-wheat and a tablespoonful of meal, stir in lukewarm water, till a stiff batter is formed; add a little salt and put in a warm place to rise. When ready to bake, notice carefully if the batter is sour, and if so, stir in a small teaspoonful of soda dissolved in a little milk.

Have the griddle hot, rub it off with a little salt to prevent sticking, tie up a small lump of lard in a clean cloth, and grease the griddle by rubbing it over with the cloth; bake to a lightly brown, put on plenty of fresh butter and eat while hot – a cold buckwheat cake is worthless. Leave in the vessel two spoonfuls of the batter and add two of cornmeal; put by to rise and as leavon for the next caked, and so on through the winter. Occasionally it is well to wash the vessel and start anew with yeast, so there may be no sourness.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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