Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More Little House Fun

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We obtained this  Little House cookbook from Homeschool Library Builder sometime ago and I dug it out this week so Morgan could make cornbread. In Little House On The Prairie he was quick to pick up that they only ate bread and meat and vegetables were a very rare thing. We discussed that they'd been traveling when they would have normally planted and harvested the vegetables that would have been their yearly supply. So, they had to make do with what they had. Morgan enjoys being able to help in the kitchen and I knew he'd enjoy making up a batch of cornbread to try. I all ready had some polenta on hand for making them Johnny Cakes (still to come) as part of our pioneering fun, so I pulled it out and we attacked the recipe together. The recipe in the book calls for brown sugar, which stands to reason. I was a tad skeptical of the buttermilk though because they made plenty of cornbread before they obtained their cow and calf! All the same, we used the recipe and only altered the sweeteners in it.


We swapped the brown sugar for coconut sugar, but because brown sugar can be sweeter (and often packed) we added 1/8th teaspoon of stevia to the batter. We also didn't have any buttermilk on hand so we simply soured milk with vinegar. Morgan was aghast and told the entire house that, "Mommy spoiled the milk for the recipe. She swears it's okay to eat though."  We also baked our cornbread in an 8x8 glass pan at 200 C (aka roughly 400 F) for 25 minutes. It was very yummy and the boys throughly enjoyed it. 


Here's the finished project. I swear, it really tasted better then it looks. You'll have to suffer with the poor pictures, which is what you get when the non professional takes them while ducking flying obstacles because her children are playing war... 

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