Shakers were known for their industriousness and inventiveness, but they also were delightful cooks, believing that food should please the eye as well as the appetite.
Pleasant Hill, Ky., was a village of nearly 500 Shakers from 1805 until 1910. Today the small village is owned by Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, a nonprofit organization that seeks to maintain the simplicity and dignity of the 19 th-century settlement.
Exhibition houses and workshops furnished with original Shaker pieces are open to the public. Lodging and meals are available in restored buildings -- a perfect spot for a peaceful stay.
For more information, write Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Route 4, Harrodsburg , Ky. 40330.
Here is the recipe for one of the breads served to visitors to Pleasant Hill. Shaker recipes are distinguishable by their short list of ingredients and simplicity in preparation. Nutbread 2 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts 1 beaten egg 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/4 cup oil
Mix sifted dry ingredients and nuts together. Combine egg, applesauce, and oil; add these to dry ingredients and stir until blended. Pour mixture into 5 by 9-inch greased pan and bake at 350 degrees F. for 50 minutes.