A Pioneer Birthday Cake

Serves: 5



This recipe was used to make a birthday cake for a little Texas girl long ago when there was no flour to be had. Corn was ground on a hand mill. The meal was carefully emptied from one sack to another, and the fine meal dust clinging to the sack was carefully shaken out on a paper. The sack was again emptied and shaken, and this process was repeated laboriously, time after time, until two cups of meal dust was obtained. The rest of the ingredients were as follows: One half cup of wild honey, one teaspoon of homemade soda, one wild turkey egg, one scant cup of sour milk, and a very small amount of butter, to all of which was added the two cups of meal dust.

The batter was poured into a skillet with a lid and placed over the open fire in the yard; the skillet lid was heaped with coals.

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