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Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Ginger Snaps

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 18, 2011

Old Fashioned Recipe for Ginger Snaps

2 cups brown sugar
2 cups molasses
1 cup shortening
4 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves

Heat and bring to boiling point sugar, molasses, shortening (part of which should be butter), ginger, cinnamon and cloves.  Remove from fire and cool.  In the meantime, mix and sift the salt and flour and stir part of it into cooling mixture.  Dissolve the soda in a tablespoon of warm water and beat into the mixture then stir in the remainder of flour.  Roll out to about ¼ inch thickness on a floured board and shape with a floured cutter.  Place on small buttered tins allowing space for spreading.  Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Put in oven and bake for 7 minutes.

The Edisons’ recipes were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 18, 2011

Old Fashioned Recipe for Hickory Nut Cake

 Thomas Edison’s favorite, according to a letter from John Randolph, dated April 2, 1903.

1 ½ cups of sugar
1 cup of butter scaint
1 cup of milk
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
8 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint chopped nuts
1 ½ cups pulverized sugar

Cake  Mix sugar and butter scaint until a cream.  Combine with milk, flour, baking powder, 6 egg whites beaten very stiff and vanilla.  Ad the nuts, mix all together and bake in a moderate oven.

Frosting  Let 1 ½ cups pulverized sugar boil until when put in cold water it becomes brittle.  Beat the 2 egg whites until very stiff and add the sugar and beat until it gets cold.  Flavor to taste.


The Edisons’ recipes
were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Mina’s Deviled Crab

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 18, 2011

Old Fashioned Recipe for Mina’s Deviled Crab

1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cream
2 full cups crab meat
½ cup celery and little red peppers if desired

Cream butter and add flour, mustard and blend together; then add everything else.  Put cream in last with the crab meat and be sure to blend them well before putting them in shells.  Sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs and bake in moderate oven until brown.

The Edisons’ recipes were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Chocolate Caramels

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 18, 2011

Old Fashioned Recipe for Chocolate Caramels

1 cup of milk
1 cup of molasses
1 small cup of butter (size of an egg)
2 cups of sugar
½ pound of chocolate
1 teaspoon of flour
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Combine milk, molasses and butter and let boil until butter completely melts, then add 2 cups white sugar, ½ pound of chocolate and a teaspoon of flour well mixed in a little water or milk.

Let it all boil for 30 minutes but after it has boiled 10 minutes, add 2 teaspoons full of vanilla – pour in flat buttered pan and cut in squares.

The Edisons’ recipes were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Egg Croquettes

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 14, 2011

Old Fashioned Recipe for Egg Croquettes

11 hard boiled eggs, chopped fine
½ pint boiled milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon flour

Cook flour in butter, add ½ pint hot milk, stirring until smooth, then add other ingredients.  Make into croquettes and place in refrigerator to chill.  Make a batter of 11/2 eggs with 2 tablespoons milk or water added.  When croquettes are cold, dip them in this batter, roll in cracker or bread crumbs and fry in deep shortening.

The Edisons’ recipes were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of old fashioned and vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.