Mary Lyon’s Recipes & Housekeeping Hints

Among the collection of Mary Lyon’s papers are a booklet of recipes and housekeeping hints written in her slanted hand. Though difficult to read due to her script, faded paper, and ink blotches, we were able to decipher a few of the recipes, below. See the scanned booklet and try to make out Mary Lyon’s housekeeping hints.

Molasses cake with flour

6 cups flour
2 1/2 cups molasses
1 cup butter
3 eggs
1 cup sour milk & cider
saleratus {precursor to baking powder}

Mix it easily & with much time
Bake in two oblong tins one hour
Make gingerbread by the above recipe — leaving out the raisins, & using for spice a little ginger and a little allspice.

Indian Pudding Cake

1 quart milk
From 2 to 5 eggs
Add eggs enough to make a very thin batter
Add a very little flour.
1 tea spoon salt
Bake about an hour with quick heat

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2 responses to “Mary Lyon’s Recipes & Housekeeping Hints”

  1. Casey Lussier says:

    If I may paraphrase:

    “Put a quart of milk in a bowl. Add some eggs. Like, somewhere between 2 and 5 eggs. Just stop adding eggs when you feel like it. Then add a very little flour. Not too much. Just… a very little. Then add one teaspoon of salt. Mix it all up and cook for, I dunno, about an hour. Then you’ll have a delicious pudding cake!”

    Oooookay Mary.

  2. Bunny Proof says:

    So, has anyone attempted these recipes yet? The second one looks a little frightening.

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