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Hearth Cooking Workshop - Colonial Cookies

March 25, 2017 - March 25, 2017

  • Location: Crailo State Historic Site
  • Venue: Crailo State Historic Site
  • Address: 9 1/2 Riverside Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144
  • Times: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Admission: $40.00 for FOFC members/ $50.00 for non-members
  • Contact: Erin Czernecki
  • Phone:518-463-8738
  • Total Available Seats: 8
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Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo will kick off a new series of hearth cooking workshops with a class about colonial cookies. From 1:00 – 5:00 PM, an experienced historic interpreter and hearth cook will guide participants through the preparation of a variety 17th and 18th century treats using the same techniques and methods used in the colonial period. This class will focus on four different recipes: tea biscuits, speculaas, wafers, and a Christmas cookie prepared with two different baking methods. Participants can expect to learn the basics of colonial baking and the art of cooking over a wood fire in an open hearth. The workshop will also cover a number of topics, including the importance of chemical leavening in the late 18th century, the historical significance of spices and the spice trade for colonial Americans, and the history of 17th and 18th century “receipts” (recipes). All ingredients and necessary materials will be provided. Participants only need to bring an apron and a passion for the history of food. For maximum enjoyment and participation, the workshop is limited to 8 people. Reserve a spot soon.

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