Wagon Train Recipes

Hi everyone! In my upcoming release, Riding The Storm, Megan Floyd (the heroine) cooks several meals along the trail and I thought it would be interesting to share some of her recipes.

Doughnuts are a sweet staple in today’s society. Everyone loves doughnuts. But, did you know doughnuts were also an easy dessert the women could make on the long trail west. Even better, they made a delicious breakfast the next-morning.

I found a terrific website giving homage to many recipes from “Chronicles of the Old West

Here’s one of the recipes Megan used (originally from the Daily Missoulian newspaper):

campfire doughnuts

Put a frying kettle half full of fat over the fire to heat.

Stir together one pound of flour, one teaspoonful each of salt and bicarbonate of soda, and a quarter teaspoon of grated nutmeg.

Beat half a pound of butter to a cream and add to the flour mixture.

Beat the yokes of two eggs to a cream and add to the mixture. Beat the whites to a stiff froth and reserve them.

Add enough sour milk into the flour and sugar to make a soft dough and then quickly add the whites of the eggs.

Roll out the paste at once, shape and fry.

I also found this on the Chuckwagon website. A sweet treat from the Crandell family who brought it west to Arizona in the 1800s.

Baked Apple Pudding

skillet apple pudding

3 large grated apples
1 cup sugar
1 cube butter
½ cup nuts (almonds and pecans work well)
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg

Beat egg, sugar, and butter then stir in apples. Mix well. Add the dry ingredients. Bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Top with cream or a white sauce.

My next post will have some of the meat dishes. Hope you enjoy these!

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About Heidi Vanlandingham

My favorite genres are paranormal and historical fiction. When I'm not watching my son play baseball, I'm writing, reading, and spending as much time as I can with him--he's growing up entirely too fast.
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