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Watch: 18th Century 'Journey Cakes' Are Perfect for an Old-School Road Trip

A favorite of travelers in the 1700s

The 18th century was a simpler time when simpler meals were eaten. Today, there's any number of goodies that can be purchased at a convenience store off the interstate during a road trip. But back then, the preferred snack of those on the go was the aptly named "journey cake." This video tells the cake's story and details how to make it.

"Journey cakes are an old-world food, born out of convenience," host James Townsend explains in the video. "Taverns often served them to weary travelers. They were very portable, and they could be taken on a trip."

Townsend prepares what he calls "a very American version." The recipe is short and sweet: mashed hominy, all-purpose flour, milk, and salt make the batter. It's spread out on what's called a "bannock board" — which may look like a regular piece of plywood to the layperson — and propped up against the campfire. After about 30 minutes of cooking, Townsend scrapes the final product off the board. Watch the above video to see how it turns out.

Campfire Journey Cakes [YouTube]

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