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powder. Its inclusion in Louisa’s recipe, while inconvenient from a
modern baking standpoint, was an opportunity for Winslow to
gain insights into the cake’s origin.
“You can actually date recipes from what ingredients they have so
you would say this recipe is probably 1780 - 1840,” said Winslow.
“In the 1850s, they had baking soda and baking powder. If they’re
listing that (pearl ash) as an ingredient, it means that that’s an earlier recipe.”
George Perrott Macculloch (1775-1858) and his wife, Louisa,
built their federal, Georgian style home on the site of a modest
18th century farm house, and literally on top of the farmstead’s
kitchen. A rustic, inviting space, it’s the only remaining room from
the site’s colonial era and seemed the ideal place to sample the
results of Winlsow’s testing, tasting, and sleuthing.
If Louisa’s shadow was looking over Winslow’s shoulder, she
must have been pleased. The cake was a delightful, nostalgic experience; rich and dense like a pound cake but with loads of flavor.
The hard cider was reminiscent of cakes with a brandy or rum but
not overwhelming or overly alcoholic and its warmth tasted like
Thanksgiving and Halloween, making it a perfect autumn or holiday dessert.
Visitors can experience everyday American history as it happened at
MHHM, which is also home to the largest collection of original work by
political cartoonist Thomas Nast. 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown,
NJ. Visit maccullochhall.org for more information.
“3 tea cups of flour, 2 tea cups of sugar, 1 ditto of butter, 1 ditto of
cider. 2 eggs to be mixed as pound cakes and when all prepared for the
oven, add a teaspoonful of pearlash to the cider and stir it in.”
3 c. flour z 2 c. sugar z 1 c. softened butter (2 sticks)
1 c. hard cider z 2 eggs z ½ tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add two eggs and
sifted flour. Stir ½ teaspoon of baking soda into cider (this will fizz up)
and add. Pour mixture into greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes
until a toothpick comes out dry. Let cool in loaf pan for 20 minutes.
Enjoy with vanilla ice cream.
Cynthia Winslow, MHHM’s Curator of Education and Communications.
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