Contributed Recipes – Godey’s Lady’s Book on December 1859

A Message from Mr. Godey:  As you wish receipts that are good, I will send you some that I have proved:

  • PORTUGAL CAKE — One pound of flour, half pound of butter, eight eggs, two spoonfuls of lemon-juice, one pound of stoned raisins, citron or almonds, as you choose, one nutmeg. It is good plain.
  • CLOVE CAKE — One pound of sugar, one pound of flour, half pound of butter, four eggs, a teaspoonful of salaeratus, a cup of milk, a teaspoonful of powdered mace, same of cinnamon, same of cloves; fruit, if you choose.
  • GINGER SPONGE-CAKE — One cup of molasses, one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, four eggs, three cups of flour, one cup of milk, soda, and ginger.
  • GINGER SPONGE CAKE —  Another, and very nice. Two coffee-cups of molasses, one cup of butter, half cup of milk, four cups of flour, four eggs, soda, and ginger.
  • CORN MUFFINS — One gill of milk, half pint of soft boiled hominy or mush, a spoonful of butter, two eggs, three large spoonfuls of corn flour, and salt. Bake in rings.
  • CORN BREAD (yellow flour) — Six large spoonfuls of corn flour, three spoonfuls of wheat flour (the flour to be wet several hours before using with milk), two spoonfuls of molasses; add, when ready to bake, one egg, salt, and a teaspoonful of soda.
  • CRAB SOUP (very rich) — Fry three onions brown in butter, slice a dozen large tomatoes, and cook together; season with red pepper, salt, and nutmeg to your taste; pick out a dozen crabs, add two quarts of water, and simmer until thick.
  • PREPARATION FOR YELLOW PICKLES — Two ounces of red peppers, a head of garlic, half pound of bruised mustard-seed, one pound of mustard, half ounce of turmeric, a handful of allspice, cloves, and mace, one pound of green ginger scraped clean; pour on a gallon of boiling vinegar; cover close, and let it steep. Prepare whatever vegetables you choose by pouring on hot salt and water, and letting them stand three days; add a lump of alum, wash clean, and put on the preparation. They are very fine. The mixture should stand eight or ten days.
  • EXCELLENT VINEGAR — Five gallons of water, half gallon of molasses, half gallon of common spirits; one pint of yeast; roll a sheet of paper in the yeast. Set it in a warm place to ferment.
  • POTATO PIE (fine) — One pound of boiled potatoes, rolled fine, half pound of butter, six eggs, eight spoonfuls of milk, the grated peel and juice of a lemon, sugar and salt to your taste. To be baked in deep plates.
  • CREAM PIE (fine) — Half pound of butter, four eggs, sugar, salt, and nutmeg to your taste, and two tablespoonfuls of arrowroot wet; pour on it a quart of boiling milk, and stir the whole together. To be baked in deep dishes. (This item submitted by  AN OLD HOUSEKEEPER)
  • TEXAS JUMBLES — One pound and a half of flour, one pound of sugar, three-quarters of a pound of butter, three eggs; dissolve one teaspoonful of soda in one-half cup of milk; add this, also one nutmeg, and roll out the dough, and cut into small cakes of any shape, and bake them in a quick oven.
  • A GOOD PASTE FOR TARTS — One pound and a half of flour, half pound of butter, half pound of lard, one teaspoonful of soda, sufficient water to form a stiff dough.
  • MOLASSES PIE — Four eggs— beat the whites separate— one teacupful of brown sugar, half a nutmeg, two tablespoonfuls of butter; heat them well together; stir in one teacupful and a half of molasses, and then add the white of eggs. Bake on pastry.

Godey’s Lady’s Book— Louis Antoine Godey began publishing Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1830. He designed his monthly magazine specifically to attract the growing audience of literate American women. The magazine was intended to entertain, inform, and educate the women of America.

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