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Sweet Baked Goods Railroad Cake

railroad cake
(from the Civilian & Telegraph, of Cumberland, Maryland, July 4, 1861)
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Ingredients:

1 cup flour​
1 cup sugar​
4 tbsp. sweet milk​
1 tbsp. butter​
2 eggs​
1 tsp. cream of tartar​
1/2 tsp. soda​

Instructions:

Railroad Cake. — 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 4 tablespoonsful sweet milk, 1 tablespoonful butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoonful cream of tartar, half teaspoonful soda, beat ten minutes, then put in pan, and bake as usual.​
 

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Buttermilk: the liquid left over after churning butter, using cream from fresh milk. Most modern buttermilk is cultured, using pasteurized milk.

Sour milk: fresh whole milk that was left to ferment and sour by keeping it in a warm place for a day, often near a stove. Pasteurized milk may spoil rather than sour.

Sweet milk: whole milk; it was called sweet milk to distinguish it from buttermilk.
 
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