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.
Economical Christmas Pudding Recipe from 1916.
Four ounces of chopped suet, flour, currants, and breadcrumbs; two tablespoonfuls of treacle, one teaspoonful of mixed spice. Mix together, moisten with half a pint of milk. Put into a greased basin, boil for eight hours.
Rock Biscuits Recipe from 1860.
Ingredients.–6 eggs, one pound of sifted sugar, half a pound of flour, a few currants.
Method.—Break the eggs into a basin, beat them well until very light, add the pounded sugar, and when this is well mixed with the eggs, dredge in the flour gradually, and add currants. Mix together well,and put the dough onto the fork,and then place dough onto the tins, making it look as rough as possible. Bake the cakes in a moderate oven from 20 minutes to half an hour; when they are done, allow them to get cool, and store them away in a tin canister, in a dry place.
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.