Eleanor M. Rockwell Bennett was the wife of Hiram H. Bennett, son of Oliver Roby Bennett and Betsey Ford. These recipes come from Eleanor's journal. I've left the original spelling intact.
1 Egg, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup molasses, 1 tablespoonful soda, 1 tablespoonful ginger. Roll thin and bake quick.
2 Cups molasses, 1 cup lard, 1 tablespoonful soda, 1 of ginger, flour to roll stiff.
1 Cup each of butter, sugar, sour milk, molasses, 5 cups of flour, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoonful soda, 1 teaspoonful of ginger.
2 Cups sugar, 2 cups flour, 1 cup butter, 6 eggs, 1/2 teaspoonful soda, 1 teaspoonful cream of tartar. Season as you like.
1 lb flour, 1 lb sugar, 1 lb butter, 9 eggs, 2 tablespoonsful of sour cream, soda to sweeten it.
l 1/2 Cups nice brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1 cup sweet skim milk, 2 cups or a little more of flour, 1 teaspoonful each of cream of tartar, soda and lemon essence.
1 lb fat pork chopped fine, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup molasses, 1 teaspoonful soda, rubbed into the molasses. Mix all together, then stir in flour to make a batter, then nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Pore 1 pint boiling water on the pork before chopping.
Take 10 lbs good brown sugar, 3 lbs soft water, 2 1/2 lbs bread honey, 40 grs cream of tartar, 12 drops oil of peppermint, 3 oz gum Arabic, 1 drop attar of roses; put them into a brass or copper kettle and let them boil 5 minutes, then take 2 teaspoonsful of pulverized slippery elm and mix with 1 lb of water, then strain it into the kettle. Take it off and beat up the white of two eggs and stir them in. Let it stand two minutes, then skim it well and when nearly cold add 1 lb of pure bees honey, and so on for larger quantities.
One qt of molasses and butter the size of a small egg. Boil over a brisk fire till it will harden when dropped into cold water. Add 1 teaspoonful of carbonate of soda to make it white and brittle and when almost done add 1 teaspoonful of wintergreen. To be pulled while warm with buttered hands and cut in sticks. This is the way our grandmothers did.
Eleanor Rockwell's recipes courtesy Paul Lowrey.
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