Monday, July 21, 2008

"Gen. Robert E. Lee" Cake

Here is a recipe from Housekeeping in Old Virginia published in 1876!

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 jelly-cake tins. Then take the whites of two eggs beat to a froth, and add one pound sugar, the grated rind and juice of one orange, or juice of half a lemon. Spread it on the cakes before they are perfectly cold, and place one layer on another. this quantity makes two cakes. - Mrs. I.H. (Mrs. Isabella Harrison)

I love Housekeeping in Old Virginia. The title page has the bible verse, "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies... she looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Prov. 31, 10,27

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