Thursday, May 26, 2011

Windy days and interesting recipes from old!!!

Well as for getting this gardening done here, I am sure to be one of the last, but alas will try!! Wind, rain, wind...haha

I ran across something of interest, even though I am NOT a great cook and not all those fancy dinings!  This is from a book called "Their last suppers..legends of history and their last meals" and the recipes are included.  Got this on kindle FREE list for those that have this amazing device that I just love! 
 I wanted to share one for now as I was reading that was dated from 1872, honeyed cakes:

  8 tbsp butter
4 cups flour
3 tbsp superfine sugar
2 tbswp honey
1  1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 egg yolk
1 whole egg + one white of the egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk

For honey topping:  
1 cup heather honey
3 tbsp almonds blanched and ground

In a bowl, rub the butter into the flour.  In another bowl add the milk.
In saucepan over low heat, gently heat the sugar and honey until well mixed.  Then stir in the baking powder.  Alternatively, add the honey mixture, the eggs, and the milk to the flour, mixing the ingredients very well.  Add pinch salt and put the resulting dough on floured board; roll very lightly to about 1/2 inch.
  Cut into about 24 rounds.  Place rounds on buttered baking ray in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until brown.  Remove cakes to rack.  Put rack of cakes in 250 degree oven for no longer than 5 minutes to set.  Cakes served hot or cold.

 For a "Newer" version there is one HERE from all recipes.
Some other fun things on those menus:
Cleopatra liked EEL with basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil..
Abraham Lincoln's last meal in the white house was of clear mock turtle soup using oxtail, roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams and cauliflower with cheese sauce.
   I will have to share more as I move on!!!
Happy Windy Thursday and always be thankful to our awesome God who blesses us all each day!

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