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(from the Fremont Journal, Fremont, Ohio, May 1st, 1857) Ingredients: 1 pint maple molasses 1/2 tea-cupful sour boiled cider 1 tea-cupful water 1 undercrust & 1 uppercrust spice as desired Instructions: One pint of maple molasses; half a tea-cupful of sour boiled cider; and one tea-cupful of...
(from The Complete Cook: Plain and Practical Directions for Cooking and Housekeeping by J.M. Sanderson, 1846) Ingredients: 1/4 pint of dough 1/2 lb. moist sugar 1/2 lb. butter 1 tea-cup of cream 2 eggs 1 lb. currants raisins (optional) 1 tsp. allspice 2 oz. candied orange peel 1 oz. carraway...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1/4 lb. of sweet almonds, 4 bitter almonds 3 eggs 2 oz. butter rind of 1/4 lemon 1 tbsp. lemon-juice 3 oz. sugar Instructions: 1219. INGREDIENTS. - 1/4 lb. of sweet almonds, 4 bitter ones, 3 eggs, 2 oz. of...
(from Miss Leslie's Complete Cookery, by Eliza Leslie, 1851) Also known as Brown Betty, or Pan Dowdy Ingredients: 12+ juicy apples of pippin or bell-flower variety 1 large lemon, or substitute a tea-spoonful of essence of lemon brown sugar fresh butter grated bread-crumbs Serve with...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: stewed apples bread crumbs one spoonful butter spoonful wine cinnamon nutmeg lemon peel brown sugar three eggs Instructions: Equal quantities stewed apples and bread crumbs, one spoonful butter, three eggs beaten...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: apples white sugar syrup cloves, allspice, or mace (by preference) flour butter brandy or wine to improve flavor Instructions: Pare and slice the apples. Make a little thick syrup of white sugar, into which throw...
(from Dr. Chase's Recipes; Or, Information for Everybody, by Dr. Alvin Wood Chase, 1866) Ingredients: ripe moderately sour apples brown sugar butter Instructions: BETTER THAN PRESERVES. Take moderately sour apples, when ripe; and with a pocket knife cut out the stem, and flower end also, so...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 2 lbs. flour 1 lb. currants 1 lb. raisins 1 lb. suet 2 eggs 1 pint milk slices of candied peel Instructions: 1324. INGREDIENTS. - 2 lbs. of flour, 1 lb. of currants, 1 lb. of raisins, 1 lb. of suet, 2...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) (Plain and Economical, a nice Pudding for Children.) Ingredients: 1 teacup of rice 2 tbsp. moist sugar 2 pints milk 1/2 oz. butter, or 2 sm. tbsp. chopped suet 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg. Instructions: 1343. Ingredients - 1...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 1 lb. fresh butter 1/2 lb. lard 1-1/4 brown sugar 4 eggs 1 pint new milk 1 grated nutmeg 1 tsp. pounded mace 1 tsp. soda 1-3/4 lbs. flour 1-1/2 lbs. raisins 1-1/2...
(from The Cook's Oracle: And Housekeeper's Manual, by William Kitchiner, 1822) Ingredients: 1 oz. currants very thin bread butter 4 eggs 4 oz. sugar 1 drachm nutmeg 1 pint new milk Instructions: You must have a dish that will hold a quart, wash and pack two ounces of currants; strew a few at...
(from The United States Cook Book: A Complete Manual for Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, by William Vollmer, 1856) Ingredients: short-paste or yeast-paste 3 oz. butter 3 egg yolks a dessert plate of curded whey cheese 2 oz. sugar pounded cinnamon a few pulverised cloves 3 tbsp. cleanly picked...
(from The Cook's Oracle: And Housekeeper's Manual, by William Kitchiner, 1822) Ingredients: 2 quarts new milk 2 tbsp. rennet 4 oz. sugar 3 oz. fresh butter 4 egg yolks nutmeg lemon-peel 1 glass brandy 2 oz. currants puff paste Instructions: Put two quarts of new milk into a stew-pan, set it...
From Breakfast, Luncheon & Tea - by Marion Harland - 1875 Here's a classic chocolate cake recipe coupled with a frosting recipe from the 19th century. Very simple, but sounds yummy.
(from The Lady's Receipt-book: A Useful Companion for Large Or Small Families, by Eliza Leslie, 1847) Ingredients: 3 oz. best chocolate, or prepared cocoa 3/4 lb. butter 1 lb. powdered loaf sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 10 eggs separated into whites and yolks cake icing Instructions: Scrape down...
(from The American Home Cook Book: With Several Hundred Excellent Recipes, published by Dick & Fitzgerald, 1854) Ingredients: 1 lb. flour 1 lb. sugar 1/2 lb. butter 7 eggs 1/2 pint cream 1 gill of brandy Instructions: One pound of flour, one of sugar, half a pound of butter, seven eggs, half...
(from Sunny South, of Atlanta, Georgia, November 16, 1878) Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 3 cups flour 1/2 cup cold water 3 eggs 1 tsp. yeast powder Instructions: One cupful of white sugar, three cupfuls sifted flour, one-half cupful cold water, three eggs, one teaspoonful yeast powder in the...
(from The Lady's Receipt-book: A Useful Companion for Large Or Small Families, by Eliza Leslie, 1847) Ingredients: 2 cocoa-nuts 1/4 lb. fresh butter 1/4 lb. finely-powdered loafsugar 6 eggs 1 pint rich cream optional seasonings: 1 tsp. mixed nutmeg and cinnamon finely powdered 1 tbsp. rose...
(from Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery, by Marion Harland, 1871) Ingredients: pie paste, enough for top and bottom pie crust raspberries powdered sugar 1 small cup of milk - half cream Whites of 2 eggs white sugar - 1 tbsp. for mixture, a sprinkle on top to...
(from The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1832) Ingredients: 1 cup butter 2 cups sugar 3 cups flour 4 eggs Instructions: Cup cake is about as good as pound cake, and is cheaper. One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, and four eggs, well beat together, and...
(from the Southern Aegis and Harford County Intelligencer, Bel Air, Maryland, December 20, 1862) Ingredients: 1 cup of butter 2 cups sugar 3 cups flour 8 egg whites 1 cup sweet milk 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 (small) of soda Instructions: 1 cup of butter, 2 of sugar, 3 of flour, the whites of...
(from The New England Economical Housekeeper, and Family Receipt Book, by Esther Allen Howland, 1845) Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 heaping tbsp. sugar 1-1/2 milk salt nutmeg common pastry crust Instructions: For a large pie, put in three eggs, a heaping tablespoonful of sugar, one pint and a half...
(from Dr. Chase's Recipes; Or, Information for Every Body, by Dr. Alvin Wood Chase, 1865) Ingredients: 2-1/2 lbs. flour 1-1/4 lbs. pulverized white sugar 10 ozs. fresh butter 5 eggs 1/8 oz. carbonate of ammonia 1/2 pt. milk; or water, if no milk is available Instructions: Flour 2-1/2 lbs...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 10 eggs 1 lb. sugar 1/2 lb. flour 1 lemon rind juice of 1/2 lemon Instructions: 10 eggs. 1 pound sugar. 1/2 pound flour. Rind of 1 lemon, and juice of 1/2 lemon. Make exactly like sponge cake, and bake in...
(from The Virginia House-wife, by Mary Randolph, 1825) Ingredients: 3 quarts flour 3/4 lb. brown sugar 1 large spoonful pounded ginger 1 tsp. powdered cloves 1/2 lb. butter 1 quart rich molasses Instructions: Three quarts of flour, three quarters pound of brown sugar, a large spoonful of...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: 6 oz. butter 3/4 lb. flour 6 oz. treacle 1 pint cream 1/4 lb. double-refined sugar 1/2 oz. powdered ginger 1 oz. caraway-seeds stick cut candied orange, or lemon-peel Instructions: Rub six ounces of butter...
(from Jennie June's American Cookery Book, by Jane Cunningham Croly, 1866) Ingredients: 20 lbs. flour 15 lbs. sugar 10 lbs. butter 1 dozen eggs 1 quart of wine 1 quart of brandy 1 oz. nutmeg 3 oz. cinnamon 3 oz. cloves 3 oz. mace 2 lbs. citron 5 lbs. currants 5 lbs. rasins 1 quart yeast...
(from The Complete Biscuit and Gingerbread Baker's Assistant, by George Read, 1854) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. butter 1/2 lb. sugar 1/2 lb. flour 6 eggs 1/4 oz. volatile salt pounded fine raspberry or other jam Instructions: 1/2 lb. of butter, 1/2 lb. of sugar, 1/2 lb. of flour, 6 eggs, 1/4 oz. of...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: rind and juice of 2 to 3 lemons 1 glass of brandy 1 lb. flour 1/2 lb. treacle 1/2 lb. butter melted 1/2 oz. ground ginger 1/4 oz. cayenne pepper Instructions: Grate the rinds of two or three lemons, and...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 2 rinds from small lemons, juice from 1. 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup cream, or sweet milk 6 eggs, beaten separately 1 puff pastry undercrust Instructions: The rind of two small lemons and the juice of one...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: 4 eggs, to be separated 1 large lemon 5 heaping tbsp. sugar (filling) 1 puff pastry undercrust 5 tbsp. sugar (meringue toping) Instructions: Yolks of four eggs, white of one, beaten very light; grated rind and...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: 2 lbs. beef-suet 1 lb. apples 3 lbs. currants 1 lb. raisins, stoned 1 lb. good brown sugar 1/2 lb. citron 2 lbs. of ready-dressed roast beef 2 nutmegs 1 oz. salt...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 2 lbs. raisins 3 lbs. currants 1-1/2 lb. lean beef 3 lbs. beef suet 2 lbs. moist sugar 2 oz. citron 2 oz. candied lemon-peel 2 oz. candied orange-peel, 1 small nutmeg 1 pottle of apples 2 lemons 1/2 pint...
Antique Photograph Cabinet Card of Wedding from Duluth, MN (c.1890s) This recipe for “Ohio Wedding Cake” comes from Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book, published in 1846. It calls for almost the exact same ingredients and proportions as Lydia Maria Child’s 1830s recipe, but the instructions...
(from Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-book, by Catharine Esther Beecher, 1846) (100 years old)* Ingredients: Five pounds of dried and sifted flour Two pounds of butter Two pounds of sugar Three gills of distillery yeast or twice the quantity of home brewed Four eggs A gill of wine and a...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: puff-paste jam Instructions: 1365. INGREDIENTS – Trimmings of puff-paste, any kind of jam. Mode.—Butter a tart-pan of the shape shown in the engraving, roll out the paste to the thickness of 1/2 an...
(from Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree, 1878) Ingredients: ripe peaches tsp. fresh butter pie paste 3 egg whites 3 tbsp. powdered sugar Instructions: Pare and stew ripe peaches. When nearly done, sweeten, take from the fire. Stir in a heaping teaspoonful fresh butter to...
(from The Great Western Cook Book, Or Table Receipts: Adapted to Western Housewifery, by Anna Maria Collins, 1857) Ingredients: pumpkin 5 eggs 2 teacups sugar 1/2 lb. butter salt 1/2 nutmeg 2 tsp. essence of lemon puff-paste Instructions: Stew a rich, sweet pumpkin, pass it through a sieve...
(from the Family Recipes of Robert E. Lee) Ingredients: 12 eggs their full weight in sugar (about 1-1/5 of a lb.) a half-weight in flour (about 3/5 of a lb.) 2 lbs. nice "A" sugar juice of five oranges with the pulp juice of three lemons with the pulp Instructions: Twelve eggs, their full...
(from The Book of Household Management, edited by Isabella Beeton, 1861) Ingredients: 1 pint new milk 6 oz. flour 6 oz. sugar 6 oz. butter 6 oz. currants 6 eggs brandy nutmeg Instructions: 1260. INGREDIENTS. - 1 pint of new milk, 6 oz. of flour, 6 oz. of sugar, 6 oz. of butter, 6 oz. of...

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