Sourdough Recipe Began in Gold Prospecting Days

Hunters, cowboys also used sourdough recipe for bread.

| Good Old Days

This sourdough recipe was used in the days of gold prospecting and by many hunters and cowboys far from home.

"Place one pint of flour in a pail with a lid. Add two tablespoons sugar and one tablespoon salt. Mix well. Stir in one and one-half cups water and beat to smooth dough. Add one tablespoon vinegar to the batter. Set pail in warm place where it will sour thoroughly.

"When it sends up a sour odor, it is ready to use. Take nearly all of this and add flour, a little sugar and a teaspoon soda. Make a stiff dough. Put in your pan and let rise. Bake till brown. By varying the amount of flour used, you can make a stiffer dough and cut or pinch off pieces and make biscuits, or you can add less flour and make hotcakes.

"Take the remaining sour dough and mix it with a little more flour, sugar, salt and water and set aside for the next baking."

Mrs. Joe Hoffman
Atchison, Kansas

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