Early Bread

Bread is a staple of man’s diet in most of the world, and has been since its invention. People have been making bread for 30,000 years at least. This is a long time before the first ovens were made. These breads were made on heated stones. This was the only way to make bread for the first 25,000 years of bread making. Grains and grain sprouts were mashed together with water to make a thick paste. This paste was placed on the hot stone and cooked. You would have something like a tortilla, or a johnny cake. The importance of bread can’t be understated. It’s used for gifts to god. Breaking of bread together is a sign of friendship. A euphemism for money, in English speaking parts of the world. A food that can last for several days, from stores of grains, that can be kept all winter long. These breads or cakes as they are sometimes called, are very simple. Only a few ingredients and they are almost always stone fried. They were also all unleavened.

When the settlers first arrived in the Americas this is one of the first foods they were introduced to. Journey Cakes could be stored for several days, and could easily be packed to go with you.

Recipe Johnny Cake

1 cup white cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup boiling water
Bacon drippings (some type of grease for frying)

Stir the salt, water with the cornmeal vigorously, until combined. Let this sit for 10 minutes.
Grease a hot skillet.
Place 1/4 cup onto skillet, press down until about 3/4 inch thick.
After about 5 minutes, when golden brown flip, and brown the other side.
Serve as you would pancakes, or as a side by placing meat and gravy over them.

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