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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Esther's Fruit Cake (untested)

This recipe came from my Grammy's Aunt Esther and is dated as "Preferred 11-32". It is possible that this could have been a favorite for Thanksgiving 1932?

The sour milk ingredient in this recipe was common in recipe in the early 20th century. It was a way to use milk that had gone sour and not waste it. To "artificially" sour milk, add vinegar to it (e.g., 1 tablespoon of vinegar added to 2 cups of milk).

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup flour for fruit
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 tablespoon fat (shortening or Crisco)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Beat egg and sugar
  2. Add melted Crisco
  3. Add sour milk and flour
  4. Mix baking soda in a little milk and add last with fruit
  5. Bake for 1 hour in a slow oven

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