Being an Alice in Wonderland fun I couldn't go past this vintage find - an out of print Alice in Wonderland Cookbook. With the Lewis Carrol quotations and Sir John Tenniel's delighful illustrations, it is quite priceless. Drink Me Soup or Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts anyone?
courtesy of Brain Pickings
Take the recipe for Looking Glass Cake:
1 pound flour | ½ pound butter | 4 ounces currants | 4 ounces mixed peel | 3 ounces raisins | ½ pound castor sugar | 2 teaspoons baking powder | 3 eggs | 1 teaspoon mixed spice | milk
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Beat eggs and whisk gradually into the creamed mixture.
- Sift flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture by degrees.
- Finally mix in fruit and spice.
- The mixture should now be of such a consistency that it will drop easily from the spoon. Add milk only if necessary.
- Turn into a cake tin approximately 7 ½ inches in diameter lined with greaseproof paper.
- Bake for 2-3 hours in a slow oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, Gas Mark 2.
- Test with a skewer to see if cooked. Insert it in the centre. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready to be placed on a wire rack to cool.
- Cut it first and hand round afterwards.
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
"The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts
And took them quite away."