Mixing up a batch of old-fashioned cornbread can be a great context for learning about life in Civil War era America. Recipes back then looked similar to recipes today, albeit with a few unfamiliar ingredients! Our historical cornbread recipe calls for saleratus, a mystery ingredient with a modern day equivalent. Can your child guess what saleratus is called today? Bake up this simple cornbread and give your child a real taste of 19th century American cooking.
This cornbread was traditionally crumbled into a main dish to absorb liquid, and thus has a crunchier texture and less sweet flavor than modern cornbread. Enjoy it with honey and milk, or crumbled over beans the way Civil War soldiers ate it!