- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
Varina Howell Davis (Library of Congress)
This recipe is from the personal collection of Varina Howell Davis, Jefferson Davis' wife. Her original recipes were given to Beauvoir by her daughter, Margaret (pictured below).
Varina Howell Davis' Pound Cake
1 lb. sugar
1 lb. butter
1 lb. all-purpose flour
1 wine glass of wine
Cream the butter, stir the sugar into it, separate eggs, beat very light, mix in the ingredients, bake very slowly.
This is Margaret's wedding portrait. She was the only one of the Davis children to marry, bear children, and outlive her parents. On New Year's Day in 1876 she married J. Addison Hayes in Memphis.
(Courtesy of Beauvoir, Biloxi, Miss.)