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The Original White House Cookbook by Hugo Ziemann
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Aug 14, 11

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I'm biased when it comes to this book. My mother has this book that has been passed down from her mother's grandmother. You can read the book on project gutenberg
( http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13923 ). It has recipes and the basics for keeping the perfect 1887 household, including how to dye silks, kill moths in armchairs, cure freckles, and host a formal dinner party for the aristocracy.

Here's the best ginger cake in the universe,dense and moist and wonderful. If you doubt the cookbook try this and you'll be a believer.

SOFT GINGER CAKE.

Stir to a cream one cupful of butter and half a cupful of brown sugar; add to this two cupfuls of cooking molasses, a cupful of sweet milk, a tablespoonful of ginger, a teaspoonful of ground cinnamon; beat all thoroughly together, then add three eggs, the whites and yolks beaten separately; beat into this two cups of sifted flour, then a teaspoonful of soda dissolved in a spoonful of water and last, two more cupfuls of sifted flour. Butter and paper two common square bread-pans, divide the mixture and pour half into each. Bake in a moderate oven [note, this is 350 in an electric oven]. This cake requires long and slow baking, from forty to sixty minutes. I find that if sour milk is used the cakes are much lighter, but either sweet or sour is most excellent.

[use the sour milk, it really is better. Add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the milk and stir until it thickens and curdles - looks gross, bakes up wonderfully]


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