It was published in 1945 and is the “real life” cookbook as opposed to the Fanny Farmer “finishing school” cookbook. I have read through some and found some really cool things, including a recipe for homemade soap. (I might just try it someday…if I can get a hold of 5 excess lbs of fat!) I have always wanted to get a housewife’s bible and this is close. It does mostly relate to food and cooking, but includes some practical advice including, how to remove grease from the floor (yup.) and how to properly dress for the kitchen. So, if you are curious, here is how you should dress (1940′s style) when cooking:
1. Jewelery should not be worn in the kitchen. (This must be a racket started by jewelers. Think of how many wedding rings have been lost due to this awesome rule!)
2. Wear a cotton dress or a cover-all apron with a pocket for a handkerchief. (Whoops. I bet they would die as I wore cargo pants cooking today!)
3. Have a small hand towel that BUTTONS on band of dress or apron (Hey, the cargo pants thing may not be such a bad idea after all!)
4. Have two pot holders, fastened together with tape (really? Scotch or duct?) and attach to dress or apron (or cargo pants...)
5. Wear washable cap that covers hair. (Does my shower cap count?!)
Can you imagine the “rules”? Thank goodness they didn’t tell us we had to wear stockings too!
Now, on to the recipe of the day! Over in my neck of the woods, I have been begging for sunshine. Beg.Ging. It peeks out every once and awhile (no, I do not live in Alaska, but it seems like it!) and I just really want to hang out with Mr. Sunshine! I found a recipe to coax him out of his hiding place! (PS. Hasn’t worked yet…)
Orange Sunshine Cake
- 6 eggs, separated
- A pinch of salt added to the eggs before beating
- 1/3 t. cream of tarter (I just measured a little less in the 1/2 t.)
- 1 c. cake flour (again, 2 T cornstarch in the bottom of the measuring cup and top with flour until full)
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 lemon, grated rind
- 1 t. vanilla
- Sift flour, measure and sift 4 times.
- Measure and sift sugar.
- Beat yolks until light colored and thick; gradually beat in half of the sugar and the lemon rind and the vanilla.
- Beat egg whites (if using the same beaters, wash, rinse with hot water and dry well before attempting whites) until frothy, then add cream of tartar.
- Beat until stiff enough to hold peaks, but not dry (they will be shiny still).
- Fold in remaining sugar.
- Cut fold some of the white mixture into the yolk mixture; fold and cut in the flour; then the rest of the white mixture.
- Place in an ungreased pan with a center tube.
- Bake about 1 hour, 325. Invert pan.
- When cool, remove cake. Pour over with glaze and let stand overnight.
Orange Sunshine Glaze
- Grated rind of 1 orange
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 egg white
- Juice of 2 oranges
- Mix rind, sugar and juice.
- Beat egg white until stiff.
- Add juice mixture to the egg whites and stir.
So this cake did not get tall like an angel food cake does. Tune in next time as I try it again with another version…