Soft Gingerbread Recipe
Note: Saleratus is baking soda. The introductory remarks suggest sticking a broom straw in the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s done. If it has bread sticking on it, it needs more time to bake.
Broom straw/toothpick more or less interchangeable I suppose. The toothpick industry sure saw a niche!
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Source: Mrs. Crowen’s American Lady’s Cookery Book, 1866.