Saturday, November 16, 2019

Dickinson's Recipes

Seems Emily Dickinson was more famous for her baking than her poetry during her lifetime. LitHub features several of her recipes for the holidays. The "Black Cake" requires 19 eggs and 5 lbs of raisins. The fruitcake is said to weigh ~20 pounds! The other recipes included in the article look delicious! This one would be great to make with the kids-


1 quart flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cream
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
Make up with molasses

The editors of Emily Dickinson: Profile of the Poet as Cook add these instructions: “Cream the butter and mix with lightly whipped cream. Sift dry ingredients together and combine with the other ingredients. The dough is stiff and needs to be pressed into whatever pan you choose. A round or small square pan is suitable. Bake at 350 degrees for 20–25 minutes.” There is no attendant recipe for the glaze, although Dickinson did apparently glaze her gingerbread, and sometimes garnished it with an edible flower or two.