Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sourmilk cookies 1903

How beautiful is that handwriting?
And how pretty is that cake stand?? (thank you shannon, I love it!)
So the first recipe I did from my cookbooks, was the sour milk cookies (remember how I said they used EVERYTHING??) they even used their sour milk that had gone bad.
Although I did not have sour milk and after some research, I guess old milk is safe to cook with? I still wont do it.
Instead I replaced it it homemade buttermilk by adding a little vinegar to a 1/2 cup and filling the rest of the cup with milk and letting it sit till it was thick. kinda gross, but I hate buying buttermilk.

Sour Milk Cookies: (as written)
1 cup Sugar
2/3 cup butter or lard
1/2 cup sour milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
salt and nutmeg
and enough flour to make it stiff (this is where I had to play around with the recipe)

This is what I did:
Creamed the Sugar and Butter.  Add egg and milk and stir to combine. Add baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt and nutmeg.
I started with only 2 cups flour and baked at 350 for 7 minutes. They were very very soft and airy but they spread a bit too much. So the final amount was 2 1/2 cups flour and mix very well till stiff.

These were great, James loved them and Nolan wont stop eating them.  They taste so  much like a sugar cookie but richer and very soft and almost cake like.
The last batch I did, I added a bit of orange zest to add a bit more flavor, and it turned out well, I could see these with a powdered sugar iccing on top also. Yum!


Blogger Matt 'n Erin said...

Thank you and....

January 9, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Fackrell said...

I like to just add lemon juice to my milk to make sour milk. maybe something you can try next time. I have a banana bread recipe that calls for it and i have done it with the vinegar and the lemon juice and I like it way better with the lemon juice. just a thought!

January 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

thanks tiffany! I have never tried with lemon juice, I can imagine it would be better! thank you! :)so gonna try it.

January 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Kritta22 said...

I've heard that about lemon juice but never vinegar...what did it taste like? Did you eat the dough??

What an interesting recipe. How stinking exciting to find this book?! What else is in it??

January 9, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Kritta22 said...

PS Did I mention that I missed you and glad you are back?

You are back right??

January 9, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous char said...

Thanks those cookies look so yummy. I love to look at cook books the old ones have some really funny names for some of the recipes.

January 10, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I use lemon juice too... much better. I love that cookbook- I may have to come over and sneak a peak! I missed your posting.

January 11, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

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