American Potash Cake

Jonathan Townsend

Posted on March 07 2017

Today’s episode is another companion piece to our Chemical Leavening Discussion. It’s a recipe found in a letter to the editor in the Monthly Magazine (London) in 1799 — a very early account of using Potash as a leavening agent. Recipe: Start with a pound of Rye flour and rub in 4 ounces of pork lard. In a seperate bowl, mix a cup of sour milk and 4 ounces of Light or Barbados molasses. in a seperate bowl, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Pearl Ash in 1/4 cup of water. Add this to your milk mixture, stir, and quickly add to your flour. Blend well, turn out onto a floured surface, then roll out to 1/2 or 3/4 an inch thick. Cut to any shape you wish, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 16 – 18 minutes.

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