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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Make Your Own Darby Cakes with Lynde House Museum


Culinary & food History & heritage Museum
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Durham Region, ON



Offered in English.

Offers closed captioning or subtitles.


Have you ever wondered what families ate for breakfast 200 years ago? Virtually join instructor Mitchell Daniels in the Lynde House Kitchen, as he demonstrates how to make a traditional Georgian-era morning meal of Darby Cakes.

Want to follow along? Here are the ingredients:

1 cup currants

3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter, cubed

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup whole milk

2 cups lukewarm water, to soak currents

1 cup additional flour for dusting

This video is one of three video demonstrations of period activities relating to the Lynde House Museum site. Other videos include include creating yarn dolls, and wool spinning. The video demonstrations will be available on September 27th.

This program is produced in partnership with Ontario Culture Days and the Whitby Historical Society as part of the 2020 Culture Days Creative Residencies.



Whitby Historical Society and Ontario Culture Days

The Whitby Historical Society is an organization actively dedicated to the preservation of history and heritage by providing a variety of community outreach and educational programs. In an agreement with the Town of Whitby, the Whitby Historical Society also operates the Lynde House Museum, sustaining an extensive collection of historical artifacts, and acts as an archive for both the written and pictorial history of Whitby and Southern Ontario.

The oldest house in Durham Region, Lynde House was originally located on a large 200-acre farm beside Lynde Creek on Dundas Street in Whitby, Ontario. Today, the museum offers tours, visits and programming for visitors wanting to learn more about life in the early 1800s.


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