Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fannie's Recipes - part 3

I guess that I must still have a little Christmas spirit left at the end of Victorian Christmas. It may have something to do with all of the decorations still being up at the O'Dell House Museum. It may also have something to do with a fresh coating of snow which arrived yesterday. Most likely it has something to do with me not having had lunch yet and sitting here thinking about Christmas baking.

When we had the children from our local daycare visiting last week, we were talking about the differences in their lives and the lives of people who historically lived in the O'Dell House. One of the things I pointed out in the O'Dell kitchen was a bowl of oranges. I tried to make the point that these would have been a very big treat to children growing up in Nova Scotia in the 1870s. Grocery stores with internation distribution systems were a long way in the future so everyone would need to wait until a ship returned from the south carrying oranges in its cargo. A simple orange in the toe of your Christmas stocking was a much anticipated event.

In the spirit of Christmas baking and oranges in the stocking, I will offer another of Fannie O'Dell's recipes. For those who have not read the earlier posts on this topic, these recipes come from Fannie O'Dell's handwritten recipe book. This book, which was written in the 1880s, was donated to the Annapolis Heritage Society this autumn. Today's recipe, just in time for the holidays, is Orange Cake. As usual Fannie gives the ingredients not the baking instructions. We can assume that the jelly goes between the layers and on top of the cake.

Orange Cake
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
5 egg yolks
3 egg whites
bake like Jelly Cake (ie. divided into two pans)

Jelly
2 egg whites
2 oranges juice and rind
sugar to thicken

All for Now,
RGS

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