Category Archives: Vintage Recipes

Soda Cake Recipe

Soda Cake Recipe from Edwardian 1909.

Mix thoroughly one pound of flour, half a pound each of currants, sultanas, and brown sugar, six ounces of mixed peel cut into small pieces, quarter of an ounce of mixed spice, and a teaspoonful of carbonate of soda. Beat up three eggs, and stir them into the mixture. Warm half a pound of butter in a cup of milk and add a pinch of salt. Pour this on the other ingredients, and beat thoroughly for quarter of an hour. Butter a cake-ti, and bake in a quick oven. Try it with a knife; if the knife does not come out clean, and the outside of the cake is done, cover it with greased paper, and put it at the bottom of the oven to finish cooking.

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Curried Pork With Rice Recipe

Curried Pork With Rice Recipe from Edwardian 1909.

Remove the skin and trim off the fat from two pounds and a half of pork; cut into stripes and fry in a tablespoonful of butter until it begins to brown; then add two chopped onions, a tablespoonful of curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour in two cupfuls of cold water and bring to the boiling-point, then simmer for an hour. Remove the meat to a hot serving-dish, thicken the gravy with a teaspoonful of flour rubbed to a cream with the same quantity of butter. Surround the meat with a boarder of well-boiled rice, and pour the curry sauce over the meat only.curried pork


A Nice Plum Cake

A Nice Plum Cake Recipe from 1885.

Ingredients—-One pound of flour,quarter of a pound of butter, half a pound of sugar, half a pound of plumbs or currants, two ounces of candied lemon peel, half a pint of milk, one teaspoonful of carbonate of soda.

Method.—Put the flour into a basin with the sugar, currants, and sliced peal; beat the butter to a cream, and mix all these ingredients together with milk. Stir the carbonate of soda into two tablespoonfuls of milk; add it to
the dough, and beat well, until everything is thoroughly mixed. Put the dough into a buttered dish, and bake the cake from one and a half hours to two hours.

plum cake

Honey Cake Recipe

Honey cakeHoney Cake Recipe from 1873

Ingredients.— half breakfast-cupful of sugar, one breakfast-cupful of rich sour cream, two breakfast-cupfuls of flour, half a teaspoonful of carbonate of soda, honey to taste.

Method.—Mix the sugar and cream together; dredge in the flour, with as much honey as will flavour the mixture nicely; stir it well, that all the ingredients may be thoroughly mixed; add the carbonate of soda, and beat the cake well for another five minutes; put it into a battered tin, bake it from half to one hour, and let it be eaten warm.


White Gingerbread Cakes

White Gingerbread cakes from 1877

Ingredients.—1 pound of flour, half a pound of butter, half a pound of loaf sugar, the rind of a lemon, one ounce of ground ginger, one nutmeg grated, half a teaspoonful of carbonate of soda, one gill of milk.

Method.— Rub the butter into the flour; add the sugar, which should be finely pounded and sifted, and the minced lemon rind, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix these well together; make the milk just warm, stir in the soda, and work the ingredients into a nice smooth paste; roll it out, cut it into cakes, and bake in a moderate oven from 15 to 20 minutes.
making white gingerbread

Almond Cake Recipe

This Almond Cake Recipe is from the Mrs Beaton 1887 Household management book.She has some great recipes in it, and lots of household tips on how to run a home in Victorian Britain 1887. I will be concentrating on the recipes from this book in my next posts. I hope you all enjoy them.
Almond Cake

Almond Cake Recipe 1865

Ingredients–half a pound of sweet almonds, 1 oz of bitter almonds, 6 eggs, 8 tablespoonfuls of sifted sugar, 5 tablespoonfuls of fine flour, the grated rind of 1 lemon, 3 oz of butter.
Method—–Blanch and pound the almonds to a paste; separate the whites from the yolks of the eggs; beat the later, and add to the almonds. Stir in the sugar, flour, and lemon -rind; add the butter, which should be beaten to a cream; and when all these ingredients are well mixed, put in the whites of the eggs, which should be whisked to a stiff froth. Butter a cake mould, put in the mixture, and bake in a good oven from 1 to 2 hours.


Salmon Pie Recipe

Salmon Pie Recipe from 1916

Take a tin of salmon, free the fish from skin and bone, and divide into small pieces. Season with salt, and pepper, and cayenne. Butter a pie – dish, and cover the bottom with a layer of potatoes that have been mashed with hot milk. Next put a good layer of salmon, and cover with a layer of potatoes. Moisten with a little hot milk, roughen the top of the pie with a fork, place in a brisk oven, and bake till hot through and the surface is slightly browned.salmon fish pie

Cherry and Plum Jam Recipe

Cherry and Plumb recipe from 1916

This needs no water added. Use small black plumbs and black cherries. Have equal quantities plumbs and cherries.cherry and plumb jam Stone them, and save the juice. Put the fruit and juice in the preserving-pan, cook until it is soft and the juice flows freely. Add sugar (the same weight as fruit), cook fast, skimming carefully. Test to see if it is done. A few plum kernels, chopped fine, are a nice addition, and give a nutty flavour, but do not put many in, or the flavour will be too strong.

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Walnut Cream Cake Recipe

Walnut cakeWalnut Cream Cake Recipe from 1916

Beat a quarter of butter to a cream with a quarter of a pound of castor sugar, add half a pound of flour, a pinch of salt, a teaspoonful of baking-powder, and a quarter of a pound of shelled and chopped walnuts. Beat into this two eggs and the white of one (well whisked, and two tablespoonfuls of milk. Turn into a greased tin, and bake in a moderate oven for about half an hour until quite cooked.
Leave till cold, then ice with walnut cream icing. For this
make four ounces of icing sugar to a paste with two ounces of roughly chopped walnuts and the white of an egg.

Toad-in-the-Hole

steak pieToad-in-the-hole recipe Edwardian 1909

Ingredients.—Half a pound of flour, two eggs, one pint of milk, one and a half pounds of steak.
Mix the flour in a basin with half a teaspoonful of salt. Beat up the eggs in the milk, stir into the flour, and beat well,and beat well together. Cut the meat into neat pieces, and place in a greased dish; pour over the batter, and bake in a hot oven for one hour.