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RECIPES FOR BREAD, BISCUITS, AND CAKES

the previous recipe. When done and well drained, dust over with powdered sugar, and serve.

Time.—To cook, 15 minutes. Average Cost, 10d.

3371.—DROP CAKES.

Ingredients.—½ a lb. of butter, ¾ of a lb. of castor sugar, 1 lb. of flour, 4 eggs, baking-powder, milk.

Method.—Add 2 teaspoonfuls of baking-powder to the flour on the board, well mix it and run it through a sieve 2 or 3 times. Put the butter and sugar into a clean basin, and beat it well up into a cream with the hand, add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition of eggs, and when all are well beaten in, add the flour, and moisten the mixture with milk to batter consistency. Scrape down the sides with a palette-knife, and with the point of the knife mix in all the material scraped down. Have some clean white sheets of kitchen paper cut to the size that will fit the baking-plates or tins, and with a spoon lay out small cakes all over the sheets of paper, allowing about 1½ inches between each cake or drop, which should be about the size of half a walnut shell; then dust lightly over with sugar and bake in a moderate oven.

Time.—1 hour. Average Cost, 1s. 6d. Sufficient for 3 or 4 dozen cakes.

3372.—ECONOMICAL CAKE.

Ingredients.—1 lb. of flour, ¼ of a lb. of castor sugar, ¼ of a lb. of butter or lard, ¼ a lb. of currants, 1 teaspoonful of baking-powder, 3 eggs, ½ a pint of milk.

Method.—Beat the butter and sugar to a cream, well beat in the eggs, then stir all the ingredients together. When the mixture has been well beaten, stir in the fruit, put the cake in a buttered mould, and bake it in a moderate oven for 1½ hours.

Time.—1½ hours. Average Cost, 1s. 3d.

3373.—FARMER'S FRUIT CAKES.

Ingredients.—1 cup of dried sour apples, 1 cup of golden syrup, 1 cup of sugar, ⅓ cup of butter, ½ a cup of sour milk, 1 teaspoonful of soda, 2 teaspoonfuls of cinnamon, 1 teaspoonful of cloves, 1 egg, 2 cups of flour.

Method.—Chop the apples fine, and soak them over night; in the morning let them simmer for 2 hours with the golden syrup. Prepare the other ingredients as for any cake, beating well, and adding the apple and syrup when a little cool but not cold. Bake in small greased tins in a moderate oven.

Time.—½ to ¾ hour. Average Cost, 10d.