Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday by Nancie McDermott

By Nancie McDermott

Style the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi dust or surprise on the extravagant attractiveness of the girl Baltimore and there'll be without doubt that Southerners know the way to bake a cake. listed below are sixty five recipes for essentially the most scrumptious ever. Jam truffles and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; complete chapters on either chocolate and coconut cakeseach wet and scrumptious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking one hundred and one part bargains the cake fundamentals, a few completing touches (that ability frosting and plenty of it!), and the how-to's of storing each one wonderful concoction in order that the final slice tastes as clean and pleasant because the first.

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I hope you bake some of these cakes, or go find someone who will, or become inspired to head off down the kitchen trail toward another culinary destination that captures your particular fancy. I wish you good eating and good conversation all along the way, and the blessing of connecting the good things of the past to the gifts of the present and the possibilities of the future. BAKING 101 To bake the cakes presented in this book, you don’t have to be a Southerner or a professional cook. You don’t even need prior experience in the kitchen.

Bake these cakes with a sense of history, but choose those that you think will delight your family and friends. And let this chapter be a reminder to explore your own family’s culinary history. Find out what your people cooked and ate two or three generations back, either by talking with relatives or by exploring historical works. Write down the stories that go with the dishes, so that those who come along later will have a recipe box to connect them right back to you. Colonial Queen Cakes These small, elegant tea cakes were enjoyed in Virginia homes during Colonial times.

Stock up on evaporated milk and dry milk powder. Make room in the pantry and keep at least three cans on hand. Sometimes one must stop and go to the store in mid-recipe, but you shouldn’t have to simply because you are out of milk. Reconstituted milk works just fine in almost every recipe. BUTTER Buy a lot, especially when it is sale time. Butter freezes very well for up to 6 months. Have some in the fridge and several boxes in the back corner of the freezer, so you are baking-ready 24/7. SELF-RISING FLOUR If a recipe calls for self-rising and you have ordinary flour, simply make up what you need using this formula: For every cup of self-rising flour, mix I cup of regular, all-purpose flour with I teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, and a scant ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

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