Sunday, October 19, 2014

Historical Food Fortnightly Challenge #10 - Let Them Eat Cake!

The Challenge #10. Let Them Eat Cake! October 5 - October 18
The 16th is the anniversary of the beheading of Marie Antoinette (zut alors!). In honor of Madame Deficit, prepare your best cake from a historic recipe. And then eat it, bien sur.
We would hope that even Marie Antoinette would be well pleased to sit at our table and enjoy two cakes and tea on this beautiful fall afternoon.
Our family loves cinnamon and spices and since we couldn't decide between two recipes from the CBS Homemakers Exchange Recipes 1950 and 1951, we decided to make both.
Recipe #1 - Southern Cinnamon Cakes


Ingredients prepared.  Oops, except the cup of sugar.  But with another check of the recipe, we quickly make it right.

Ready to bake and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Baked, hot, and smelling oh so good!
Recipe #2 - Spice Cake with Baked Frosting



Ingredients prepared.

A very heavy cake batter.

Egg whites beaten, brown sugar and salt added, spread on batter and topped with chopped walnuts.

Baked and the frosting is a beautifully browned meringue consistency.
Let's Eat Cake!

Our Fall table for two.

Southern Cinnamon Cakes

Spice Cake with Baked Frosting.

Two cakes made on the same day is not unusual in our home.  Patrick has twin daughters, Cathy and Chrissy, who were just a few weeks from their 9th birthday when Patrick and I were married.

Cathy on left in blue, Chrissy on right in pink.
So you can understand that everything in our home was double everything and double the love!  Just last weekend Patrick's daughter Cathy became engaged to Aaron.

Cathy, Aaron, Chrissy, and grandpuppy Bodin.
Life is good!  Now back to eating the two cakes...

Historical Food Fortnightly

The Challenge:  #10 - Let Them Eat Cake!
The Recipe:  CBS Homemakers Exchange Recipes - Southern Cinnamon Cakes, Spice Cake with Baked Frosting
The Date/Year and Region:  April/May/June 1951 and January/February/March 1950, United States
How Did You Make It?  Exactly followed recipe.
Time to Complete:  3 hours for both recipes
Total Cost:  $7.00 for both recipes
How Successful Was It?  4 thumbs up!
How Accurate Is It?  Very.

Patrick and Jeanette

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Historical Food Fortnightly Challenge #9 - The Frugal Housewife

The Challenge
"Throughout history, housewives and housekeepers have kept a close eye on their budgets and found creative ways to pinch pennies while providing delicious and nutritious food. Create a dish that interprets one historically-documented method of frugal cooking."
It would be impossible to talk about mid-century food and recipes without mentioning the phenomenon known as The Baby Boom.

Young men returning to the United States and Allied countries after World War II began families.  The dramatic increase in the number of births from 1946 to 1964 in the United States is called The Baby Boom.  During this time 79 million babies were born.  That is an average of 4.2 million per year for the 19 year span compared to an average of 2.3 to 2.8 million per year in the 1930s to early 1940s.
And every one of those 79 million children needed to be fed.  And every one went to school.  So where could a housewife be frugal in her food budget?  In our home with 4 young girls all attending school at the same time the answer was in packing school lunches.  Although lunch was available at school, it did cost extra and our still growing family with a working father and a stay-at-home mother needed to save pennies in every way possible.
The CBS Homemakers' Exchange Recipes has some tasty ideas for School Lunch Sandwiches in the January/February/March 1951 issue.

Easy ingredients:
Not a raisin-only bread, but we really LOVE cinnamon!

A multigrain bread with walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds.
Combine everything:

Spread on bread:

Wrap in waxed paper (because there weren't nice little plastic bags with locking tops):
And if you were a really lucky child you had an awesome box to carry your sandwich, apple, and celery sticks and a cookie:
Now for the details:
Historical Food Fortnightly
The Challenge:  Challenge #9 - The Frugal Housewife
The Recipe:  CBS Homemakers' Exchange Recipes - School Lunch Sandwiches
The Date/Year and Region:  Jan/Feb/Mar 1951, United States
How Did You Make It?  Followed recipes closely.
Time to Complete:  30 minutes including hard-boiling eggs and frying bacon
Total Cost:  $3.50 for 4 sandwiches
How Successful Was It?  Very, since neither of us thought it would be tasty, we were very surprised when it was.  Patrick doesn't eat olives and ate them!  And raisin bread?  Yum!  These sandwiches had such a wonderful blend of flavors!
How Accurate Is It?  Completely.
Do you remember taking sandwiches to school for lunch?
Happy Eating!
Patrick and Jeanette