Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hot Milk Sponge Cake

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A beautiful morning here on the mountain. Up to 35.4° in the sun, windless, birds everywhere. The lone male Hairy Woodpecker continues to beat on the electric fence charger outside my office window in hopes I guess that he'll drum up a girlfriend. This is the third day of this noise and apparently his tune is not yet spot-on as he continues, interrupted only by my occasional tap on the window.

I should be at the flower farm already but my writing has encouraged tardiness and I have to get going. But first, I want to post a recipe I mentioned on Facebook last night. It's called Hot Milk Sponge Cake. As chronology, Gail got the recipe from her mother who would be 96 if she were still alive. Gail's mom, Miriam, got the recipe from her good friend, Etta Dickey who got it from her mother in Maine so you can see the recipe is "old" and well traveled. Back then, exchanging recipes showed respect for the persons exchanging and receiving them and many used to call them "receipts" not recipes. Now days people seem to want you to deliver the finished product more than provide a copy of the recipe but that's another story.

So without further "anything" as I really do have to get to work, here's the recipe.


Scald 1 c. milk
Beat 4 eggs until thick
Add 2 c. sugar (slowly)
2 tsp vanilla (slow beater)
Add hot milk
Combine, then add: 2 c. flour
                              2 tsp. baking powder
                              1 tsp. salt

Just mix. 
Place in 11" X 13" baking pan
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Recipe assumes you know how to "scald milk" "add slowly", (use) slow beater (speed), and "Just mix". I love it!!  We never apply icing but here's the recipe if you want it iced.

Mix together 1 c. sugar
3 tbs cocoa
Chop in 1/4 lb margarine
Add 1/4 c. milk
Boil full boil one minute.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla. 
Beat, cool, spread.

Now The Vermont Gardener must garden!

Writing from the mountain above Peacham Pond where I can hear the loons saying something very loonish.

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