I absolutely love Southern food. Southern culture. Southern…everything!
Growing up in Virginia and having a stepmother who was a native Virginian as well, it was a special treat to always have biscuits and gravy…macaroni and cheese…fried chicken…fried okra…mashed potatoes…and the pies? They were amazing! It was funny when my dad decided that he needed to go on a healthier diet due to his cholesterol issues and my stepmother had to figure out how to cook without Crisco. How does one cook without Crisco? 🙂
When I came across the recipe for Jefferson Davis Pie it reminded me immediately of the comforts of home and growing up in the South. It is very sweet, rich and yummy – all things that are so sinfully delicious! I love the history of it as well and knowing that the recipe was used by Jefferson Davis’ family was really interesting.
You can read more about the history of the pie right here courtesy of Sweet Tea and Cornbread.
Hope you get a chance to make it in your kitchen and taste the yumminess! Enjoy!
In the kitchen tonight making something Southern (and oh so yummy!) that was once enjoyed by a famous person in the Civil War era and it’s his family recipe. Can’t wait to share with you later! #historicalcooking #civilwar #historicalrecipes 🇺🇸
Spoonbread is so simple to make and I love simple recipes that are not complex. As I always like to point out: I am not a Martha Stewart type (no offense to the “Martha’s” out there!) Here is a wonderful recipe from Mount Vernon and its so neat to think that maybe Martha Washington used this same simple recipe to make this special treat for George. The history of Spoonbread goes all the way back to the Native Americans and it was a favorite of President James Monroe’s. The first recipe in print was published in 1847 in a fabulous cookbook authored by Sarah Rutledge titled: The Carolina Housewife.
Here is what we came up with in the kitchen tonight. It was simple. Fun. Yummy!
My mother recently turned 80 years old and was reflecting on the types of food her mother once made for her. Her fondest memory was of her mother making something called “Poor Man’s Cake.” It was the war years and families couldn’t afford the luxuries of many items and had to learn to do without. Poor Man’s Cake (also called “Depression Cake”) was a popular staple in many homes in this era and as a child, my mother loved it because it was all they could afford to make at home. My mother often comments on how they didn’t know they lacked for anything financially because there was just so much love in the house.
The cake was perfect because it used what most people had in their kitchen which were the common ingredients of: flour, sugar, spices and raisins. Eggs were not included in the recipe.
When my mother was telling me the story about the cake her mother once made for her and how she hadn’t had it since childhood, I put my “internet sleuth” hat on and researched all about Poor Man’s Cake. I was looking for an authentic recipe that had not been modernized too much and I came across a wonderful article about a man who made the cake using his mothers recipe and well…be still my heart! This is the recipe that I used to make the cake with right here.
As soon as I made the cake, I decided to surprise my mom by shipping it off to her so that she could enjoy it. She enjoyed the cake and even shared it with her neighbors.