Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada

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Louisa Kingsmill's Cookbook

Cookbooks were often collections of handwritten "receipts" created by homemakers. One such book was written by Louisa Kingsmill in 1845. The original is in the Fort Malden collection. Her husband was an officer of the 34th regiment and was stationed here.

Louisa Kingsmill's Cookbook

Louisa Kingsmill's Cookbook
© Parks Canada



Louisa Kingsmill's Cookbook
Louisa Kingsmill's Cookbook
© Parks Canada

Above is a copy of the cover, index and two pages of recipes from her book. This may be copied (enlarge by 50% for 8 ½ by 11), cut along the lines and fold to make a booklet. The recipe for "Breakfast or Tea Cakes" is the basis of the "flat bread", or tea cakes made by participants during their visit to Fort Malden.
Here is the recipe, with the modern equivalent to try:

BREAKFAST OR TEA CAKES

Dissolve ½ a lb. of butter in as much milk as will make a pound and a half of flour into a paste. Roll it out ¼ of an inch thick and cut into large round cakes. Do in a frying pan. Serve them hot. They are eaten with butter.

  • ¼ cup butter 1 cup flour 3-4 Tbs milk
  • Cut butter into flour
  • Add milk to make a soft dough
  • Roll out ¼" thick and bake on a griddle
Pre and Post Visit Materials