Method.—Break the eggs into a clean bowl, add the sugar, previously warmed, and beat the mixture well together with a wire egg whisk until it is as thick as cream; then add the butter (melted), then mix in the almonds, flour (sifted), and essence of lemon with a spoon. Butter a plain mould, fill it with the mixture, and bake in a steady oven. It will require from 1½ to 2 hours to bake, and great care must be taken to prevent the mixture burning. As a precaution it is advisable to lay 3 or 4 thicknesses of newspaper under the mould, and wrap the same round the sides, fixing the paper in place with a piece of twine.
Time.—2 to 2½ hours. Average Cost, 2s
3348.—ALMOND SPONGE CAKE. (Good.)
Ingredients.—Take 12 eggs (leave out the whites of 8), ¾ of a lb. of castor sugar, 2 ozs. of bitter almonds, ¾ of a lb. of sifted flour.
Method.—Blanch the almonds and roll like a paste. While rolling them moisten them with rose-water. Blanching them in hot water will loosen the skin which can then be easily removed. Break the eggs in a bowl and beat them up with a whisk. Add the sugar, and beat until light and creamy, then beat in the almonds, add the flour sifted, stir it in lightly, and bake in a square greased tin.
Time.—20 to 30 minutes. Average Cost, 1s. 3d. Sufficient for 1 cake.
3349.—AUNT BETSEY'S CAKE.
Ingredients.—5 teacupfuls of flour, 2 teacupfuls of sugar, ½ a cup of butter, 1 cup of golden syrup, 1 cup of water, 2 eggs, ½ of a lb. of chopped raisins, 1 teaspoonful (each) of soda, cloves, cinnamon, and mace.
Method.—Beat the butter and sugar together; add the eggs, dissolve the soda in the water, then add the molasses, flour, spices and fruit, and well work the mixture in the bowl. Turn it into a flat square tin baking-dish and bake in a moderate oven, or if preferred it can be cooked in small crinkled patty-pans.
Time.—1 to 1½ hours. Average Cost, 1s.
3350.—AUNTIE'S CAKES. (Delicious.)
Ingredients.—¾ of a lb. of cornflour, ½ a lb. of flour, 2 teaspoonfuls of baking powder, the rind of 2 small lemons, ½ a lb. of castor sugar, ¾ of a lb. of butter, 4 eggs.
Method.—Chop the lemon-rind up very finely; well mix the flour and baking-powder together on a sheet of paper; put the butter into a clean basin and beat it up to a cream with a large wooden spoon, then add the sugar, and beat the ingredients until they are light and white, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition of eggs, and when all the eggs have been beaten in, add the flour and