Despite John’s penchant for ice cream, frozen custard wasn’t the only dessert that graced the luncheon table at
. Occasionally, there was also
nut cake, similar to this one that mystery author Helen Osterman’s mother and
grandmother used to bake. Simons Mansion
By Helen Osterman (www.helenosterman.com)
½ pound butter
2 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
3 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter and sugar together; add egg yolks. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add, alternating with milk. Fold in walnuts and vanilla. Last, fold in well beaten egg whites. Butter and flour a large, springform pan. Add mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hours, Yield: 10-12 servings.
Note from Helen: “It’s interesting that when I was a child, many moons ago, no one worried about calories or cholesterol, and very few were overweight. Of course, we had no television until I was twelve, and everyone worked hard.”
From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"
All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. www.bbbswillgrundy.org.
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