Six Incredible Breads circa 1550

Thu, April 22, 2021. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT). Register at Eventbrite now. It’s free, donations always accepted. 

More than a dozen bread recipes from an unpublished English bread manuscript circa 1550 will be presented by William Rubel, joined  by two members of our group including Jeff Pavlic, a baker, bakery owner, and culinary historian. Also, Malcom Thick, a world renowned expert on Early Modern English agriculture, and a world expert on the manuscript. 

Six breads from the oldest known English bread recipes will be shared, so register now for the culturesgroup sponsored event. Years ago, William Rubel published the recipe for one of these breads on his website. Besides that one recipe, all of what will be presented is unpublished. An advanced look at an extraordinary group of bread recipes is being presented at this event.

And, an actual English sourdough recipe! There are virtually no published English, as in British, sourdough recipes publish prior to the later 20th century. The recipe being shared is historically important, and very exciting.

Malcom Thick will introduce the manuscript. William Rubel will follow with some general comments on Early Modern English bread, offering insights gleaned from this extraordinary manuscript. Jeff Pavlik will introduce the six recipes. At least 30 minutes of hands on baking.

Also, if you have any information on village ovens or small scale baking operations in Algeria or Morocco please drop me a line at with Bread in the subject line.

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