Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jam Cake Recipe from 1915

I found this dessert recipe from my 1915 copy of the Quaker Cook Book and thought it sounded like a winner.  You can use any kind of jam that your family likes, but personally, I lean toward blackberry or strawberry.....or orange marmalade.  There are so many choices.  No icing recipe given for it, but I think I will top ours with Cool Whip and fresh fruit of whatever type jam is in the cake.  This is a very easy and light dessert for summer evenings.  Enjoy!

Jam Cake

One cup sugar, one cup butter and lard, one cup jam or jelly, three eggs, one cup sour milk, one teaspoonful soda, one teaspoonful each of cloves, cinnamon and allspice, two cups flour. (Substitute Crisco or butter for the lard, and buttermilk for the sour milk.)

My Adventures in Texas: The State Chamber Conference was held this year at Lost Pines Resort (near Austin).  It was a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere and the resort is really geared toward families (love that!).  Dana said the conference was one of the better ones that he has attended.   (One of the keynote speakers was LaDonna Gatlin,  the sister of the Gatlin Brothers.)
 The evening before the conference started, we enjoyed a side trip to a little place called Bastrop;   "The most historic small town in Texas".  The folks in Bastrop have made preserving their historic buildings, landmarks and downtown business district a priority and it shows.  Homes and vintage church buildings with their original gingerbread trim on the front;   storefronts with original signage and paint colors;  down-home restaurants, bookstores, and antique shops all add to the comfortable, well-worn feel of the town.  There were two eateries on the main street that offered home-cooked food and live music;  we chose the one that seemed to have the most foot traffic.  Maxine's on Main  turned out to be an excellent choice!  The special of the evening was chicken Parmesan with homemade garlic bread and salad, but the menu also had offerings of  fried green tomatoes, collard greens and black-eyed peas (choices for your "meat and three").  Our chicken was served in  huge portions  that could have fed two people.  The salads were so fresh that the shredded carrot topping was actually crisp!  The homemade desserts (in their glass pie case) looked so good that we ordered a piece of coconut cream pie to was the best I've ever had!  We waddled out of that place and down the street to look at the shops and enjoy the rest of our evening.  If you ever have the chance to stop at at Maxine's on Main (eat early in the day, so you have plenty of time to walk!!)

***Good movie to rent:  The Artist***

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  1. Bastrop sure suffered in the fires last year. I'm glad to hear good things about it. (I'm in Central Texas)and used to head that way a lot for one reason or another. There's nothing like the feel of an older, quaint or rebuilt old town, is there? Sounds like you have a great visit. And, your recipe sounds good too.

    I'm visiting by way of Liz's Time Travel Thursday.

    Enjoyed my visit, thanks, Jenn

  2. That recipe sounds good! Maybe try drizzling a very thin icing over top?

  3. I love this recipe with "one" of everything but the flour! Easy and sounds delicious. I'm going to try it next time I crave something sweet. I like the simplicity of it. Light and simple (love your whipped cream idea for a simple "icing"!).

  4. This sounds delicious...I'd like to use blackberry jam with it! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  5. Your jam cake recipe sounds so delicious! We would love to have you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" and share this recipe! We hope to see you there and we love your cute post! -The Sisters

    1. Sorry I missed your Saturday link-up; thanks for the invitation. Will try to add a good recipe next Saturday :)

  6. nice posting. thanks for sharing