Wampanoag Boiled Bread


Have you ever wondered what life was like before grocery stores, or even refrigerators?  In Plymouth, Massachusetts during the year 1621, the Pilgrims had to farm, hunt, and gather their food in order to survive.  Luckily, they were taught how to plant corn, fish, and gather berries and nuts by the Wampanoag People, who had already been living on the land for thousands of years.  The Wampanoag also helped the Pilgrims celebrate what Americans think of as the first Thanksgiving. Travel back in time as Princess Rain and Sir Sidney recreate a Wampanoag recipe that might have really made it to that very first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago!  

Boiled Bread


2 quarts lightly boiled water

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup corn flour (or wheat flour in a pinch)

1/2 cup dried fruit such as cranberries or blueberries

1/2 cup crushed nuts or seeds (walnuts, hazelnuts, or sunflower seeds).

Maple syrup or sugar to taste.


1. Mix all of the ingredients together.

2. With an adult’s help, slowly add spoonfuls of boiling water to dry ingredients until a slightly sticky dough forms.

3. Shape dough into patties (about 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.

4. Have an adult drop 1 or 2 patties into boiling water at a time, carefully making sure they do not stick to the bottom of your pot.

5. Cook until they float (ours took about 12 to 14 minutes).


Happy Thanksgiving from Princess Rain (and Sir Sidney Dragon)!

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