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Friday, June 12, 2015

Maggie's Prune Cake (untested)

This recipe is written in Grammy's handwriting and is attributed to her aunt, Maggie Munce Hansen (sister of Grammy's father, William Munce).

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).

Ingredients for cake:
  • 1 cup cooked prunes
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate
  • 1/2 cup fat
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (it was originally written as 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
No instructions are included for the cake except the note in pencil at the bottom that says "about 45 min".

Ingredients for filling:
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • Powdered sugar
Instructions for filling are limited:
  1. Juice and rind of one orange and one lemon
  2. Add powdered sugar to make it thick enough to spread

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