Idiot's Delight Cake - Holiday Food Civil War
Food was scarce for the South, but they tried to celebrate Christmas and the Holidays. Here is a frugal recipe used for party cakes in the South.
This recipe was used during the hard times after the Civil War. It was popular because it used only a few, inexpensive, easy to obtain ingredients and is fool-proof. Even an idiot can make it. My kind of cookin'.
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. raisins
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 c. water
- 7 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 c. flour
Adapted from hearth-hardship.blogspot.com
Boil together the first 5 ingredients.
Make a batter of the second 5 ingredients.
Drop the batter in a greased pan by spoonfuls.
Pour first mixture over it and bake in a moderate oven until golden brown.