Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

August 2016

Orange Bread


Rind of 3 or 4 oranges 2 cups water
1 cup sugar

Rind of three or four oranges. Remove inner white skin (as this is tough). Cut rind into very fine strips, or put through course grinder. I prefer the grinder. Boil this peal in about 1 1/2 cups salted water until tender. Drain, then boil again 1/4 to 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup sugar. Cook until clear. It should be like a thin marmalade. Cool and add to Batter.

Batter for Orange Bread

1 egg 1 1/2 tbsps. butter
1 cup sugar 1 cup marmalade (made above)
1 cup milk 1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups self-rising flour or (3 cups Gold Medal flour and 3 tsps. baking powder.)

Beat together 1 egg, 1 1/2 tbsps. butter and 1 cup of sugar. Add one cup of marmalade

Mix the above ingredients together with 1 cup milk, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 3 cups self-rising flour of flour. Stir until smooth. Put in 2 cake tins, (oblong) and line bottom with waxed paper. It should be a rather limber batter. Bake in oven about 275 degrees for about half an hour. Test with straw to determine when done. This is best eaten after the first day. Serve, spread with butter or cream cheese. If allowed to stand for 3 or 4 days it is delicious as toast. Cut the slices thin for best eating.

Other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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