Thursday, January 16, 2014


Thursday, January 16, 2014
Here is the recipe for Hot Milk Sponge Cake that everyone should have. It's an old recipe and as the picture of our recipe card shows, it has been used a lot. The card is written in Gail's mother's handwriting but Gail went over some of it in a marker as the ink faded. It is listed as coming from Etta's mother. Etta was a friend of Gail's mother. Etta would be in her mid to late 80's now if she was still alive and cooking. The recipe was likely already within her family when she started using it so yes, it is old! We should probably copy it over some time soon but when you have made something as much as we have, most of the recipe sticks with you.
Scald 1 C milk
Beat 4 eggs til thick
Add 2 C sugar (slowly)
2 tsp vanilla (beat in slowly)
Add hot milk
Combine and add 2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Mix, pour into 11X14 pan or Pyrex, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
The original recipe came with one for a white frosting. That recipe on the back of this card is no longer legible and Gail says it was too thick and not that tasty. As I am sending this along this morning I cannot find the frosting Gail makes but there are a lot of recipes. Your choice. We have had it with several different flavors but usually Gail leaves it plain which is how Alex always likes it. This was always a hit with his friends when he was growing up. It makes good cupcakes too. The consistency is different than modern day soft cakes but I'll bet you won't care. It goes well with fresh berries or other sliced fruit or with ice cream. I never have seen it refused. Never. Let me know what you think if you try it.
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