Historical Foodways Blog

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Pound Cake Project, Part 4

The fourth recipe in this project finally takes us into the 20th century.  It comes from a book called The Perfect Hostess Cook Book, written by Mildred O’Knopf in 1950. This recipe’s format gives...

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Pound Cake Project, Part 3

The third recipe for this project comes from an 1886 cookbook titled Mrs. Rorer’s Cook Book.  I own an original copy, not a facsimile and it’s in excellent condition.  I wonder how many books...

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Pound Cake Project, Part 2

The recipe for the second installment of The Pound Cake Project comes from The Virginia Housewife, or Methodical Cook, by Mary Randolph.  This book was first published in 1824.  The copy that I own...

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Pound Cake Project, Part 1

Pound cake gets its name from the original composition of the cake, which was nothing more than one pound each of sugar, butter, eggs and flour.  It is difficult to make this connection today,...