Thursday, March 21, 2019

Civil War Lemon Cheesecake (1862)

"One pound of loaf sugar, six eggs, but the whites of four eggs only, the juice of three large lemons, but first before cutting them, rub the sugar on the rinds to extract the flavor.

"Beat the eggs well; add them to the juice of the lemons, then strain them into a bright tin saucepan. Add a quarter pound of fresh butter and all the other ingredients.

"Let it simmer slowly over a slow fire till the whole is the consistence of honey. Stir the mixture till cool, when, after having lined the patty-pans with puff paste, bake them, then put on the lemon mixture, and return them to the oven a few minutes just to slightly brown over.

"Author's note - In earlier times, 'cheesecake' referred to any open tart with eggs and lemon or orange juice."

More "Lost" Civil War Recipes
Green Corn Dumplings (1867)

(Origin - "Civil War Recipes - Receipts from the Pages of Godey's Lady's Book" compiled and edited by Lily May Spaulding and John Spaulding.)

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