Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Cake

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter
1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (or any other preferred flavoring)
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour (sifted before measuring)
3 teaspoons baking powder
White of 6 eggs

DIRECTIONS:
Cream butter and sugar; sift flour and baking powder together 3 times, and add to butter and sugar, alternating with milk. Stir in nutmeats, and beat well. Then fold in the stiffly beaten whites and flavoring.

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Pour into a well-greased and floured pan. The old-fashioned, fluted copper pan with a center funnel was probably used originally.

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Bake 1 hour in a moderate (350 degree) oven, or cook until the cake tests done.

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Turn out on a wire rack and cool.

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This makes a large cake. The batter can be cut in half and baked in 2 (9-inch) layers if desired. For a good basic white cake, omit almonds. Frost cake with the old-fashioned boiled white icing, noted here.

You may serve Crème Anglaise Sauce with this cake.  A great way to use up all the leftover egg yolks.

NOTES:

President Lincoln is said to have remarked that Mary Todd’s White Cake was the best he had ever eaten. This confection was originated by Monsieur Giron, a Lexington caterer, on the occasion of Lafayette’s visit to that city in 1825. The Todds got the recipe from him and treasured it ever after.

 

Summer Seaside Menu

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A simple and refreshing Menu to entertain your friends close by the sea or in your back yard.  In the April issue of Tradition Homes the article gatherings around the table, caught my attention, since we had dinner guests the following day.

In general it takes me while till I try out one of the menus listed in the magazine, it takes even longer to note it on my blog.  This menu has been a success and I have change it around a number of times to adjust to time constraints.

Summer Seaside Menu:

Grand Passion Fruit Martini

Toasted Coconut Goat Cheese with Chile-Honey Dip I has also used this this recipe  and I have also used store bought toasted coconuts and Chili-Honey Dip.  Still a great combination with the Passion Fruit Martini.

Mini Grilled Pizza with Pancetta, Avocado, Red Onion and Arugula.
I have used two small six inch pizzas and the following ingredients.

2 6-inch pizza crusts
2 tsp olive oil
4 tbsp tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 seeded and peeled avocado
1 thinly sliced red onion
1 cup  baby arugula
salt and pepper to taste.

Lime-Infused Sea Bass with Mango Salsa and Guava Sauce The Mango Salsa has become our favorite since it doesn’t call for chopped jalapeno; however at times we leave out the beans.

Trio of Sorbets  So far I have always used the store bought.