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Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids at the Wilton Historical Society

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

$10 – $15.

The Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids workshop at the Wilton Historical Society teaches kids a “reciept” (recipe) used in the Connecticut region. While the food is prepared, they hear about Colonial manners, morals and way of life. The monthly workshops feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, adapted for modern kitchens. This month’s workshop is on puddings and cakes.

In the 1796 book American Cookery: Or the Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Pastes, Puffs, Pies, tarts, Puddings, Custards and Preserves, and all kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb to Plain Cake, by Amelia Simmons, no fewer than 36 “reciepts” for puddings are included, as well as 37 for cakes!

But not all puddings are sweet, nor are they all made for dessert, as we generally think today. Wilton Historical Society museum educator Laurie Walker will be discussing puddings and cakes at this workshop. Potato Pudding, Sunderland Pudding, Rice Pudding – the common ingredient in all of these is milk. Cakes, on the other hand, can be anything from a large yeast cake (like Election Cake) to a small cake (like Shrewsbury Cake), which we would more commonly call a cookie today. The kids will make a bread pudding and some honey cakes with updated recipes from the ones originally published in 1796.

All participants will sample their own cooking and take home recipe cards – as well as any leftovers! The children will learn how a Colonial kitchen would have operated, in order to appreciate the modern conveniences we take for granted. Previous sessions have made bannock cakes, pease porridge, pickles, an amulet of green peas, apple tansey, fairy butter, pumpkin bread, cranberry shortbread, New Year’s “cakes”, New England chowder, hand pies, cheese and ramp soufflé, pea and watercress Rappahannock, blackberry maslin, thirded bread, pound cake with “Oranges” juice, maple cup custard, pepper pot soup, scalloped tomatoes, dressed macaroni and cheese, gingerbread cakes, maple syrup tart and Johnny cakes.

The workshop is suggested for ages 6-12.

The cost to attend for members is $10/child; non-members are $15/child. Space is limited—please register by email or calling 203.762.7257.




Wilton Historical Society
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Nick Foster


Wilton Historical Society
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