Plain Cake for Children ~1861

Children’s Victorian Cake Recipe.

Procuring Dough.

Curious ingredients. The cake recipe outsources the dough to the local baker, which, as a busy mom, I think is a brilliant solution. They didn’t have biscuit tubes or box cake mixes, but this would have been the next best thing. A quartern of dough is about four pounds, so quite a bit. Today’s recipe jogged my memory about another recipe I stumbled across a few days ago from a cookbook published in the mid-90s. That recipe called for purchasing your pizza dough ready-made from the local pizza shop and then bringing it home to bake/freeze. Thoughts on this?

Has anyone gone down to the local bakery or pizza restaurant to buy dough only?

From Mrs. Beeton’s recipe collection c. 1861.

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  1. Papa Murphy’s is a chain here in central Illinois with a ”take and bake” business model. You stop in, pick up a fresh, custom-made raw pizza, and bring it home to bake. It seems a little odd to me but they’re highly successful, so…

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  2. I have absolutely purchased pizza dough from the pizza restaurant, they are happy to sell it, and it is a great time saver. We always love to make our own, but when we are pressed for time, buying a bag of ready-to-make dough from the pizza shop on a Friday night has been a great option! Seek out the shop that has the pizza you like the best!

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  3. Trader Joes sells it, too, although I haven’t tried it. I wonder why it’s called a cake when it’s really a type of bread. Maybe because it’s an English recipe? Their biscuits are our cookies, I believe.

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  4. I strongly suspect the recipe is not asking for what we typically think of as bread dough, but more like a sourdough. It used to be general practice, before commercial yeast was easily available, to set aside a portion of the dough during bread baking, to use as a starter for the next day’s bread. My father was old enough in pre-WWII Poland to remember the practice and shared memories of this, after I tried explaining my sourdough starter to my mother (who had destroyed it, thinking it was something that had gone bad!).

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    1. Now that you mention it, I’d put money on that explanation. Makes perfect sense, especially if yeast was harder to come by. What an amazing story dusted off from time – thank you so much for sharing, I can’t even imagine what that must have been like. Wow.


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