Grandma Gert's Recipes

My grandmother's favorite recipes collected over her lifetime.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Plain Cake

My grandmother would be so happy. She spent her life going through cook books, making notes in the margins and wanting so badly to publish her recipes. The flood of 1972 took the majority of her life's work, but some of her most treasured recipes she kept in a big red recipe box. Those recipes I've put up here hoping someone would enjoy reading them. Amazingly, almost 200 people a week are coming to this site to look at her recipes. Thank You. I can only hope that grandma is heaven with with a smile on her face to know that her work is being enjoyed.

Recently in going through some of the last boxes of grandma's possessions that I received recently, more recipes were found. The one item that especially caught my attention is a yellowed, brittle notebook that is falling apart. Grandma had numbered all the pages, made an index and wrote out her own cook book. A number of the recipes are in her own shorthand. I'll put them up exactly as she wrote them. I'm afraid that unless you are an experienced cook or baker, that they may seem unusable. But I offer them to you, I hope with grandma's blessings.

Plain Cake

1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon butter or lard
1 cup sweet milk
1 tsp. flavoring
2 tsp. baking powder

Beat sugar, egg, and shortening well, then add milk and flavoring, stir and slowly add sifted flour and baking powder. Beat well. Bake slowly.


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