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Directions for Bread-Making From 1877

Directions for Bread-Making From 1877

Directions for Bread-Making

From the 1877 Farmers’ Almanac

At noon
Put three quarts of flour in a great big bowl,
And right in the middle make a big hole.

Three teaspoons of sugar and one of salt,
One-half cup of strong yeast, free from fault,

One pint of water and a little lard.
Let stand till tea-time, then roll up hard;

Let it rise till bed-time then knead again;
Put in your “best licks” now with might and main,

Then early next morning just take it once more,
Work it well, cut up—don’t put on any flour;

Shape it out into rolls and put into your pan;
Have it rise once more as quickly as you can,

Then put in your oven and thoroughly heat it,
And if it’s not good, we’ll come help you eat it.

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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