Bran Muffins

More bran muffins, this time calling for straight bran. You can use Graham flour or unbolted wheat flour, or even whole wheat flour in a pinch. Bran Muffins 2 c flour 3 1/2 teas B.P. 1 1/2 teas salt 1/3 c sugar 1 egg 1 3/4 c milk 2 c bran 3 tbs melted shortening … Continue reading

Golden Layer Cake

A lovely and simple recipe for a golden layer cake. Notice that all of the ingredients are white, except the eggs. The use of shortening in place of butter helps to preserve the lovely, pale color of the cake. If you used egg whites only, you could produce a lovely white cake. Where there is … 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

Chocolate Cream Pudding

A pudding isn’t necessarily what Americans picture when someone says “pudding.” A traditional “figgy pudding” of Christmas carol fame is more like a fruit cake, and I have a recipe for an upside down pudding that really is a self-saucing cake. However, this pudding sounds like it might actually be a molded pudding, with consistence … 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