||[Sep. 29th, 2007|10:46 am]
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Yes, my friends -- Pork Cake is just what it sounds like. I collect cookbooks and this recipe is one I look for when aquiring new cookbooks. It's typically a Southern recipe, though I've seen it in the Midwest and North occasionally as well, and is related to a British recipe I've seen called Dripping Cake.
This particular example comes from the handwritten recipe book made by Lydia Keeler around 1918. She gives it so:
One pound of fresh fat pork, chopped fine, one pint of boiling water poured over meat, two cups brown sugar, one cup molasses, one teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger and cloves, one whole nutmeg, grated, one pound raisins, 3/4 pound citron, 1 1/2 pound chopped nuts and enough flour for a stiff dough. Bake in greased tins for 45 minutes or longer, depending upon the size of the cake.'
Lydia's recipe is more like the British version, where pig fat is used as an economical butter substitute but other versions call for as much as a pound and a half of ground pork added to what would otherwise be a lovely spice cake. I have more detailed modern recipes if anyone wants to have a go at making it. Mmm -- this little piggy was served a la mode!