Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Currant Cards from the 'Country Gentleman' circa 1902

I found this recipe in a cookbook called 'OldTime Farmhouse Cooking' but it originally appeared in the October issue of 'Country Gentleman' in 1902.   I found this recipe interesting as it is said to be " tried and true for the boys for everyday service".  
I have yet to try these soft cookies but they are on my to-do list (which I might add never gets smaller when it comes to baking and cooking!)  I plan on trying them this weekend and will report back to you all with the results and pictures.
This simple recipe calls for currants..but I would say you could substitute raisins, dried cranberries or the like.

Currant Cards

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tbl  sour cream
2 tsp ginger
1 tea baking soda dissolved in 1 tbl hot water
1/2 cup currants
2 1/2 - 3 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses, egg, sour cream, ginger, soda water...blend well.  Beat in 2 1/2 cups of flour chill dough until firm.  Add up to 1/2 cup of flour  so the you can roll out the dough. Roll out to 1 inch thickness and cut into rectangles (cards) . Bake on parchment paper in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

UPDATE: so I made these...they are ok...I personally think they are not spiced enough and not at all sweet.  I don't mind the fact they are not sweet but the combination of not enough sweet or spice was rather bland.  I made a glaze for them (water, 10x sugar, and some cardamom) and that helped.  Next time I will add more spices...roasted cinnamon, all spice, cloves, boys like them though so not a total waste....definately a recipe to keep and play with.

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