An American Family History


from Aunt Pit's Recipe Box

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Purple Ribbon Cake




2 cups sifted flour (cake flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup boiling water
3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 c brown sugar firmly packed
2 eggs well beaten
2/3 cup sour milk or buttermilk with 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Sift flour once, measure,
add salt & soda and sift together three times.
Add boing water to chocolate and stir till chocolate is melted.
Cream shortening.
Add sugars grad. and cream together till light and fluffy.
Add egg and beat well
then add chocolate mixture and blend.
Add flour, alternately with milk, a small amount at a time
beating after each addition till smooth.
Add Vanilla.

Bake in 2 greased 9 inch layer Pans in moderate oven (350° F.) 30 minutes or till done.

Cover with your favorite white or chocolate frosting.

Most of Aunt Pit's recipes came from family and friends, but she clipped many from the newspaper, packages and advertisements.

Sometimes Aunt Pit didn't tell us the exact oven temperatures. Here's a cheat sheet.
Cool oven 250F
Slow oven 250350F
Moderate oven 350375F
Hot oven 375450F



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Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watauga Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

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