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Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia (With No Yeast)


Wondering what we’re doing featuring an NPR article on baking bread? Well, this isn’t just any bread, it’s salt rising bread, and there’s no yeast. Yes, really — the bread rises thanks to the bacteria in the potatoes or cornmeal and the flour that goes into the starter. And this unique Appalachian recipe yields a surprising taste: cheese.

The taste is as distinctive as the recipe. Salt rising bread is dense and white, with a fine crumb and cheese-like flavor.

“Indeed it is, when at its best, as if a delicately reared, unsweetened plain cake had had an affair with a Pont l’Eveque cheese,” wrote J.C. Furnas in The Americans: A Social History of the US, 1587-1914.

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Photo by Susan Brown and Jenny Bardwell

Becca Haley-Park

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Rebecca Haley-Park is an assistant editor for culture: the word on cheese, and is responsible for all the delicious content on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. When not writing for the magazine you can find her creating cocktail recipes and pairing them with cheese.

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