As the population in western Europe exploded during the latter half of the 1700’s, wheat became an important export commodity for the mid-Atlantic colonies. It was a natural progression for “Indian corn,” a grain native to the Americas, to fill the dietary gap for colonists. This was especially true for the rural folk and labor classes. Next week’s episode in our “Cooking with Jas. Townsend & Son: 18th-Century Breads” video series will look at the history of cornbread in the American Colonies. We’ll also show how to make an authentic “Common Loaf” of unleavened cornbread as well as “johnny cakes” that you can take along on your next journey.
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