Today Beatrix Potter's very rare personal recipe book will go on sale in London. The children's author is most famously known for creating the Peter Rabbit stories (although there are no recipes for rabbit in the book!). The 161-year-old book recipe book is full of what were most likely family recipes, probably handed down over generations, with recipes for sponge cake, roast turkey, curry, and gingerbread. And thanks to an official release by the book's handlers, we have the actual gingerbread recipe here!
Authentic Civil War Gingerbread Recipe. Union soldiers receiving gift boxes from home might hope for some traditional gingerbread to feature amongst the contents, as well as other useful items like soap, socks, crackers and other foods. This recipe for gingerbread loaf is the same recipe that the families of Union soldiers would have sent them.