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Recipes: National Pike Festival

May 17, 2000

Nothing Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • cinnamon and nutmeg, if desired


The name for this cake probably was derived from the fact that it contained no fruits or nuts.

Combine ingredients. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Corn Bread

  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon melted butter


Mix all ingredients together. Place in greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 1/2 yeast cake dissolved in 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 5 cups flour


Use fresh pumpkin, stewed and strained or canned pumpkin. Combine pumpkin with sugar, salt, butter and milk. When mixture is lukewarm, add dissolved yeast and flour. Knead well, cover and let rise overnight. In the morning, shape into two loaves, and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 40 minutes longer.

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Queen's Cake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups currants


Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. After each addition, beat well. Add the lemon and orange extracts. Gradually add the sifted 2 cups of flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Toss currants in the remaining tablespoon of flour - this will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the cake - and add to the mixture. Fold batter into a greased and lightly floured 9 1/2-by-5 1/4-by-2 3/4-inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until done. Slice thinly.

See also:




-- National Pike Festival food

-- A historian's look at the National Road

-- What's on tap for this weekend

-- Activities planned in Clear Spring


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