Cooking Acorns Produced a Flour for Acorn Bread

A pioneer recipe for acorn bread includes instructions on cooking acorns and washing to remove the bitter taste.

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Early pioneer women learned from Indian women to make bread from acorns. Indians used to come over the Missouri River bluffs and gather bags of acorns to add to their food supply. The bitter taste was removed by cooking acorns a long time in wood ashes. Here is a pioneer recipe for making Acorn Bread:

"Shell acorns and cover with water to which one-half teaspoon of soda has been added to each quart. Boil until soft and wash through three or four waters. This removes the bitter taste. Spread on plates. When dry, grind in a food chopper. Take one cup each of barley flour and cornmeal, three cups acorn flour, one-half cup sugar, one teaspoon salt, two cups buttermilk, one teaspoon butter and one tablespoon melted fat. Mix into a loaf. Bake one hour in a moderate oven. Dark but delicious."

Mrs. Francis M. Wise
Hiawatha, Kansas


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