Sunday, March 15, 2009

Scripture Cake Recipe - neat

A favorite baking "conceit" for ladies in the 20th century, Scripture Cake required that the cook use the Bible to discover what ingredients were needed in the recipe. And since some of the Biblical passages were vague about the exact sweetening, spices, fruits and nuts that were to be used, several varieties of Scripture Cakes can be found in the older cookbooks. This one is a spice cake; others resemble fruitcakes.

1 cup Judges 5:25 last clause (butter)
1 cup Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar)
1 tablespoon I Samuel 14:25 (honey)
3 Jeremiah 17:11 (eggs)
1 cup I Samuel 30:12 second food (raisins)
1 cup Nahum 3:12 (figs), chopped
1/4 cup Numbers 17:8 (almonds), blanched and chopped
2 cups 1 Kings 4:22 (flour)
II Chronicles 9:9 (spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg)
Pinch of Leviticus 2:13 (salt)
1 teaspoon Amos 4:5 (leavener, such as baking soda)
3 tablespoons Judges 4:19 last sentence (milk)

Cream first 3 ingredients. Beat in the 3 Jeremiahs (eggs), one at a time. Add next 3 ingredients and beat again. Sift together Kings (flour), II Chronicles (spices), Leviticus (salt), and Amos (leavener, or baking soda). Add to first mixture. Lastly add Judges (milk.) Bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hours, or until done.

Scripture Cake - Version 2

1/2 cup judges 5:25, last clause
2 cups Jeremiah 6:20
2 tablespoons 1 Samuel 14:25
6 Jeremiah 17:11
1-1/2 cup 1 Kings 4:22
2 teaspoons Amos 4:5
II Chronicles 9:9, to taste
Pinch of Leviticus 2:13
1/2 cup Judges 4:19, last clause
2 cups Nahum 3:12
2 cups Numbers 17:8
2 cups I Samuel 30:12

Whip the Judges, Jeremiah and I Samuel until light. Beat the 6 Jeremiah yolks and add to mixture. Add Kings, Amos, Chronicles and Leviticus, alternately with Judges. Fold in Nahum, Numbers and Samuel, then also the Jeremiah whites, beaten stiff. Bake 2 hours in a greased 10"tube pan at 300 degrees.

Interpretation of Scripture Cake
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons honey
6 egg yolks
1-1/2 cup flour , sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Pinch salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups figs, chopped
2. cups raisins
2 cups almonds
6 egg whites, beaten stiff
Beat together the butter, sugar, and honey. Beat in the egg yolks and add sifted flour, baking powder, spices and salt, alternately with milk. Stir in the figs, raisins and almonds. Fold in the 6 egg whites which have been beaten stiff. Bake the cake in a well greased 10-inch tube pan. Lining the pan with greased brown paper may provide added protection. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours.

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