My Sweet Ghostly Connection

20 10 2013

This ghostly image of my grandparents, my mom and her little brother recently appeared in my life. The double exposed photo from the 1930’s shows a smiling family posing for a camera and then walking away. My grandfather’s translucent image shows him tenderly reaching for his little boy. They are dressed up in their Sunday best. Perhaps this cake was the dessert my grandmother had baked and was waiting for them.

Ghost picture

I hear my grandmother‘s whisper to me across the decades. The first line of her yellowed, handwritten recipe says, “Here is a good cake recipe I want you to try,” and it concludes with “sure is a good moist cake.”

apple cake recipe

Maw Maw’s Fresh Apple Cake

apple cake

2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon*
½ cup shortening
1 ½ cup grated peeled apple
½ cup apple sauce*
2 tbsp. milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Optional: ½ cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)*

Sift the first 7 dry ingredients together. Add shortening, grated apples, applesauce and milk. Beat together for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.  Fold in nuts. Pour batter in a greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.

* Added to original recipe

combined photo

I treasure my grandmother’s handwritten recipes. I felt her spirit with me as I used her apple-coring tool, her apple-green Depression Glass plates and her silverware.  And Maw Maw was right, it sure is a good cake recipe and I’m glad I tried it.

Here are a few other of Maw Maw’s recipes I’m sure she’d love for you to try.
Maw Maw’s Hot Milk Cake
Maw Maw’s Cocoon Cookies

I honor my maternal lineage: I am Connie Lee, daughter of Jimmie Dee, daughter of Jimmie Corrine, daughter of Minnie Mae; mother of Jade Lee-Mei.

 





Maw Maw’s Hot Milk Cake

6 08 2013

Hot Milk Cake

My Grandmother was known for her baking skills and I have her hand-written recipes. I love to look at them on the yellowed, brittle paper and imagine her cooking from them. Some just list the ingredients, other’s leave things out, like what to set the oven at and how long to cook it. I realize those are details that she just knew without needing to write them down.

1928. My grandmother, Jimmie Corrine holding my mom, Jimmie Dee.

1928. My grandmother, Jimmie Corrine holding my mom, Jimmie Dee.

I started baking from those recipes a few years back for special occasions for my Mom and her brother, my Uncle Dudley. I love to watch them close their eyes as they savor a bite. I eagerly await the ultimate complement, “It’s just how I remember Mama’s.” I treasure that I can give them this sensory memory of their youth.

Maw Maw’s Hot Milk Cake

hotmilkcake

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 stick margarine (I use butter)
1 cup milk

Directions:
Beat eggs, add sugar. Sift four and baking powder, add to mixture. Add vanilla. Heat milk and butter. Add last. Put in greased and floured tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.

This makes a very moist cake. The texture is slightly sticky. Enjoy. Goes well with Bluebell Homemade Vanilla ice cream and a good cup of strong coffee.

slice

I honor my maternal heritage: I am Connie Lee, daughter of Jimmie Dee, daughter of Jimmie Corrine, daughter of Minnie Mae; mother of Jade Lee-Mei.

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