White Fruit Cake

This sounds a bit like a sponge cake with the large amount of egg whites, and a bit like a fruit cake with the citron, pineapple and candied cherries. In contrast to winter fruit cakes, this recipe calls for no cinnamon, nutmeg or clove. It also uses the egg whites and baking powder for a … Continue reading

Cream Puffs

There really isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason to the organization in this book. We go from pudding to catsup to cream puffs. I suspect that after the lady originally set up her book in school – it was organized by food type – she fell behind in organizing and just decided to capture … Continue reading

Cottage Pudding

Cottage Pudding was a tremendously popular dessert in the second half of the 19th century. Apparently it was originally devised or published during the 1860s, with popularity growing until it appeared in the 1896 Fannie Farmer cookbook. As we have previously learned, “pudding” doesn’t necessarily mean the dish is a soft and squishy milk based … Continue reading

Scalloped Rhubarb

Not to be confused with celery, rhubarb is a pink, stalk plant in the vegetable family. The use of rhubarb originated in medicine, but some time in the 18th century, people started using it in the kitchen as well. It has a strong, tart taste which leads it to most often being prepared with sugar. … Continue reading

Honey Drop Cake

This recipe is called Honey Drop Cake, but it really sounds like muffins or cupcakes. It appears to be baked in buttered tins. I’m not 100% sure though. I found the exact recipe at another site and it was dated 1915. It came either from a book called Honey and its Uses in the Home, … Continue reading

Walnut Torte

Another damaged page, and the pencil is fading and difficult to read. The walnut torte could be from Ukraine or Hungary, USA or Austria. They are typically layered, 3-6 layers, separated with whipped cream or flavored whipped cream (like mocha). The topping should be light and lovely, and depending on your preference can dribble over … Continue reading

Poppy Seed Cake with Filling and Frosting

This is a bit of a wreck. At first I thought it was parts of different recipes, but it really seems to go together on the page. But, the last instruction is to top with chopped peanuts, and that just doesn’t seem like a topping for poppy seed cake. Tastes change, I guess. My notes … Continue reading