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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Poor Man’s Cake

This recipe was used in the village when eggs were not available.
This recipe was first published in 1952 in the “Homesteader’s
Handbook” and the money from the sales were used to purchase
equipment for the new Territorial School. In 1992 the book was
reprinted and funds used for the Ninilchik Community Library.
This little cookbook was the only cookbook one family had and
the girl’s learned to follow directions from it. Most recipes were
handed down either orally or by learning hands on from mothers
and grandmother. The oven temperature is a bit different due to
the coal and wood stoves. The cake was often
baked in a bread pan. Old traditional recipes
made with grandchildren are a good way to
teach them about how we used to live. While
assisting them in making the cake, you can explain
how you used a wood stove and often didn’t
have fresh ingredients to work with.
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Poor Man’s Cake
1 c. Brown sugar
1 c. Hot water
1 c. Raisins
1 heaping T. lard
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
Boil the first 6 ingredients for 5 minutes. Cool. Add
sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add the
baking soda which has been mixed in a little cold water.
Add the flavoring. Bake 1 hour in a slow oven. (250 to
325 degrees). 1/4 cup of the sausage drippings and the
boiling water. Cover and bake in a moderate oven
(375ºdegrees) for 30 minutes.
Submitted by Bobbie Oskolkoff
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