Photo Credit: Gardening at Lynde House, courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society

Ontario Culture Days has partnered with the Whitby Historical Society and Lynde House Museum to present a 3-part series of videos on heritage activities that you can try at home.

This video is part of Ontario Culture Days’ Creative Residency program.

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.

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Want to make your own Darby cakes? 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

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About Lynde House Museum and the Whitby Historical Society

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.

Feature Image: Gardening at Lynde House, courtesy of the Whitby Historical Society