An American Family History


from Aunt Pit's Recipe Box

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Spring Basket Cake


with Ambrosia Filling


Taste and health benefits of Butter, Shortening (Crisco/Spry), and Lard are still hotly debated. Aunt Pit wasn't afraid of any of them.

1/2 cup crisco [shortening]
1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs separated
grated rind 1 orange
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoon B.P.[baking powder]
1/2 teaspoon salt.

blend crisco with sugar, egg yolks, orange rind
beat till fluffy
mix orange juice, lemon juice and water
add to crisco mixture alternately with sifted dry ingredients
fold in egg whites beaten stiff not dry

bake in oblong loaf pan 8 x 4 x 2 1/2 in moderate oven 1 h 15 min.

when cool hollow out cake to make a shallow basket

save crumbs for ambrosia filling

add 3 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cup heavy cream

beat till stiff

mix in 3/4 cup cake crumbs
1/l8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
add 1 orange cup up
1/4 cup each cherries, grated pine apples

pile into hollow

chill one hr.

make handle with gum gum drops and wire


Coffee cream has 20% fat.
Whipping cream has 30% fat.
Heavy cream has 36% fat.



Colonial Maryland
Colonial New England
Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
Quakers & Mennonites
New Jersey Baptists
German Lutherans
Watauga Settlement
Pennsylvania Pioneers
Midwest Pioneers
Jewish Immigrants

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