Firstly, here’s the recipe for making your own version of Monday’s photo —
War, Raisin Spice, or Depression Cake
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I always use dark brown as it has more flavour)
- 1 cup seedless raisins
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I use whatever spices I like and am apt to double them.)
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Place all of the above in a pot, bring to a boil, and boil gently whilst stirring, for 5 minutes.
- Make sure your pot is large enough to add the flour, and you’ve saved a bit of washing up. 😉
- When above wet mixture is thoroughly cool it will slightly resemble glue. That’s a good thing.
- SIFT and measure out 2 cups of flour.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon EACH of baking powder AND baking soda.
- Thoroughly incorporate these into your 2 cups of SIFTED flour.
- Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and thoroughly mix together.
- Turn out this still slightly gluey mixture into a thoroughly greased loaf pan approx. 9x5x3.
- Bake about 60 minutes at 350 degrees F., until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. A crack along the top of the cake is normal.
- Cool in the pan, then turn out onto a plate, slice, and enjoy.
If you have to have icing, go for it. Your choice. My family didn’t.
Hope you enjoy it!
On to some sewing!
Oddly, speaking about food, I’ve another quick project in mind involving rather a large amount of rice. I’ve done some preliminary tests and know the project needs to be larger than first assumed, and I dug up some cotton to recycle for the project. More in a few days. 😉 (No, it not a door stop, although I should be making one.)
I also have an old, very solid cotton twill shower curtain that’s about to get chopped up and made into 2 curtains, whenever I can get to the store for another curtain rod and more of those sets of clips I can never remember the name of. You know–the ones that clip to the top of the fabric with a ring attached that then goes onto the curtain rod.
That fabric is from Chicago days, and was slightly dyed to offset the bright white background. If I can locate that post . . . Well, here’s one with a nice photo, and showing some additional fabric. Wonder where it is . . . .
Aren’t we glad fabric lasts and lasts and lasts?
🤣 😂 🤣
As part of my holiday prezzies, I ordered the three new D. E. Stevenson books reprinted by Furrowed Middlebrow, Vittoria Cottage, Music in the Hills, and Winter and Rough Weather, and have finished them.
Together they comprise the lives of several members of a single family. The variety of characters and situations are interesting to me, being set in Scotland’s Lowlands just as World War II is over.
Next on my To Be Read list is another from F.M., a rare early book from Miss Read, Fresh from the Country. I downloaded the preview the other night, and it sounds like a great story for any Miss Read fan.