|Keeping the fire box hot!|
While the original recipe calls for lard, I had none on hand- and just doubled the butter! To 4 tablespoons of butter I added the warm molasses that warmed on the stove almost all day giving the kitchen a great smell! Then the baking powder and flour/spice mixture. I cannot tell you how much flour I used for the entire batch- since I was adding as I was talking to visitors- but it was somewhere around a cup to 1 1/2 cups in addition to the 1/2 cup added with the spices.
|Dough being mixed up!|
|I should make better faces for photos!|
The cookies went into a 300-350* degree oven for around 10-ish minutes- I checked them before removing them since you lost heat from the oven every time the door opened. Out would pop 6 fresh cookies! They were cut and served up for the visitors to sample! There were many positive comments on how they turned out!
Did I mention that I had a great kitchen helper come with me? My dear sweet husband ended up staying all day and helped out in the kitchen! I had planned on make a Christmas pudding from and 1897 recipe I had found. But, after discovering I had left part of the ingredients at home (over an hour away) we improvised (SSSSHHHH...)
|DH working on the pudding!|
We started with a butter/sugar base and added 2 eggs. From there about 1 tablespoon of molasses- then about 2 cups of sifted flour with some cinnamon and nutmeg. There was some milk added and raisins- I have to admit I just started the mix- and DH finished it- so there were no exact measures and we mixed until it "looked right". There was about 1/2 cup of apple cider added as well (think about my cider cake). We ended up with a thick cake batter and into the oven it went. DH also set out to make a sauce to over the pudding- it was mostly milk & powdered sugar with a little butter and molasses added. What ended up was something amazing!
|The Christmas Pudding|
The day ended with the stove cooling off and the dishes being washed- but all in all it was a great day for baking!