Last night my dad brought something over from my grandmother – a collection of recipes from my great-grandmother, Velma, who grew up in Lake Wales, Florida. In our family, she is simply referred to as ‘Grannie’. There’s one photo of her holding me as a baby before she died at the age of 90 in 1983. Seeing as I’m slightly obsessed with recipes, I loved going through them and getting to know her.
I found that I actually have a lot in common with my great-grandmother, even though I don’t remember her. We both love desserts, especially chocolate desserts. We both collect recipes from friends. And many of our hand-scribbled recipes on piece of scratch paper are just a list of ingredients – possibly measurements, but probably no instructions or even a title to indicate what the recipe results will be!
The collection included no less than five recipes for orange cake, a couple lemon cakes, grapefruit salads and candied grapefruit. I remember my grandmother telling me she grew up in Florida right smack in the middle of citrus groves. So those orange cake recipes made a lot of sense.
Grannie Acuff’s Butter Cake, from Mrs Wiley
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs yolks
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 level teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites
Cream butter and sugar.* Sift flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately, beating well. Add vanilla and heat.** Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake at 375°.
*Hmmm… am thinking this is where the egg yolks and milk get added in.
** As in preheat the oven?
I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, any family recipes you want to share?