Where is the closest 18th century Moravian church to Arkansas??

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in Genealogy Help by Denise Omstead G2G Crew (430 points)
retagged by Maggie N.

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The Southern Province has 15,400 members in  55 congregations and 10 fellowship groups located in 4 states: North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida.  Our congregations and fellowship are organized into 12 Regional Conferences of Churches.

Official Website of the Moravian Church in North America http://www.moravian.org/


by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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There is a Moravian Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. On vacation in NC about 35-40 years ago, we obtained a recipe for Moravian bread at Winston Salem. I was very good. 

The closest 18th Century Moravian Church that I found to Arkansas was the following:

Home Moravian Church was established in 1771, and is located in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the historic district of Old Salem, a restored 1766 Moravian settlement. 


There may be others that are closer, but this one is my best guess. 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
What is Moravian bread like, Frank ? Is it a sweet quickbread or a yeast bread ?

It's a little on the sweet side and tastes quite good. 


1 c. sugar
1 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. butter
2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt


Cream butter, add sugar, then milk. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to butter and milk. Pour into greased and floured 9 inch square pan.

Mix together: 2 tbsp. sugar 2 tbsp. cinnamon

Spread over top of bread mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.


Oh thanks ! Guess what I am baking tonight (-:

The batter was good too. I can't wait for it to be done.
The above recipe is for sweet quickbread that I got off the internet. There is the recipe that my wife has used for Moravian bread which is for yeast bread. She just arrived and the following recipe is highly recommended by her.

Winkler Honey Wheat Bread


This recipe is from a postcard purchased in the restored town of Winston-Salem, NC about 1976. “Winkler” is the name of a family that had a bakery in Salem in 1807. It was operated continuously by family members for more than 120 years.


2 packages active dry yeast

3 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed

½ cup honey

2 ¼ cups warm water (110º)

1 beaten egg

1 tsp. ground cumin seed

1 cup dry milk

2 Tablespoons shortening

2 cups enriched flour

4 – 5 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. salt


In a large warm bowl combine warm water, brown sugar and honey. Sprinkle in yeast and wait until mixture bubbles. Stir in milk, salt, cumin seed, shortening and egg. Add white flour and stir. Gradually add whole wheat flour until dough is easy to handle. (Whole wheat bread rises better if it is not too dry. )


Turn dough onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turn greased side of dough up and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about one hour. Punch down and divide in half. Flatten each half into a rectangle. Roll lightly and place in two greased loaf pans. Grease top of loaves. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 375º until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped – about 40 to 45 minutes.
The ground cumin seed in the Winkler (Moravian) honey wheat bread and the brown sugar add to the flavor. They still make bread at the original bakery after a couple of centuries. I don't ordinarily reply to my own posts, but want to re-emphasize that the second recipe above is the correct one.

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