So I was flipping through my Woman's Exchange Cook Book tonight-- and keep in mind that by flipping I mean very gingerly turning one fragile page at a time-- and I discovered a section of recipes written into the book by my great-grandmother.
Now, I loved my great-grandmother, but she was a cranky old lady who liked my father more than my aunt and uncle, and who consequently liked me more than my cousins. She frequently carried folded five dollars bills in her socks to slip to me secretly when no one was looking, while making it clear that I was the only recipient of her largesse.
She spent most of her life in a house with no indoor plumbing, she liked a little nip of bourbon now and then, and she was one hell of a baker.
So the discovery of some of her early-1900 recipes is rather exciting. I am, of course, compelled to share.
Here's one simply called "Good Bread:"
2 cups sour milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup n.d. molasses
1 tablespoon shortening
2 teaspoon soda
2 cups roman meal
2 cups graham flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
Bake 1 hour.
Here's another called "Plain Cake:"
1 cup sifted flour
1 scant cup sugar
1 large teaspoon B.P.
Put in a cup 2 tablespoons soft butter, two eggs.
Fill cup with milk and beat all together.
Bake in shallow pans.
She wasn't exactly into details, was she? Yikes. If anyone's gutsy enough to try either of these recipes, lemme know how it goes, will ya?