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What the Baser Sort Ate in Colonial America

What the Baser Sort Ate in Colonial America

Hasty pudding topped with vanilla ice cream, Courtesy of Road Food.com

Hasty pudding topped with vanilla ice cream, Courtesy of Road Food.com

 

July is national ice cream month.  Below is a link to a hasty pudding topped with vanilla ice recipe with an interesting history. In colonial British America people commonly used molasses  as a sweetener in “hasty pudding”—a combination of oatmeal and porridge that served with butter, milk, and molasses. Molasses consumption indicated that a person was a commoner or is some scholarship as described from the time, member of the "baser sort." An anonymous observer wrote around 1730, “Molasses is generally used throughout all the Northern Colonies, and at our fisheries, in brewing their beer, and the poorer Sort, who are very numerous, eat it with their Bread, and make Puddings of it, Ec [sic].” 

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