[Sca-cooks] Martha Washington's pound cake

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Mon Oct 30 23:40:58 PST 2006

Johnnae mentioned:
<<< There's a pound cake recipe (actually it calls for 2 pounds each of
butter, flour, sugar, plus eggs, rosewater, and 2 pounds of currants)
in Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery. The manuscripts that
make up the book are dated as Tudor-Jacobean or roughly 1580-1625
by the editor Karen Hess. These are baked in buttered pans, but the size
is not stated. See recipe S 149, pages 314-315.
You might be able to add spices to that. >>>

This sounds interesting. My wife and I recently bought two different  
bundt pans and it might be nice to try this recipe, with Thanksgiving  
and various pot lucks and family get-togethers coming up.

However, I don't have this cookbook. While I have another message  
from Johnnae in the cakes-msg file in the Florilegium mentioning this  
recipe, I don't think I have this recipe in the Florilegium.

Can someone please post this recipe? And since I've never made a  
pound cake before, and I suspect that adapting this recipe to a  
modern oven and mixers may not be that straight-forward, a redaction  
would be most helpful.

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    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas           
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