I was out for dinner tonight and now it is late. What to make? I selected Mrs. A. W. Merner’s recipe for Cheese Crackers in the 1906 Berlin Cook Book.
I think Mrs. A. W. Merner is likely Lavinia M. (or Lovina) who is married to Alexander W. According to the 1911 census they live in Berlin on Alma Street with their two daughters (18 and 15). They are neighbours of Mrs. Stein who also contributed some recipes to the cook book. Mr. Merner’s heritage is Swiss while his wife reports German ancestry and they belong to a Lutheran church. He’s the Deputy Registrar in the Registry Office and his oldest daughter is a typist there too. They had a domestic servant when the girls were young.
Occasionally I will cut a bit of cheese and put it on a cracker and pop it in the microwave to melt. I had no idea that I was copying something done here in Berlin in 1912 … well except for the microwave.
I placed four soda crackers on a baking sheet and buttered them. I grated cheese and mixed it with the salt and a little too much cayenne. One shake of the cayenne jar produced more than a few grains. I had enough cheese mixture for three of the crackers. I put the baking sheet in the oven (preheated to 350 degrees F.) for about two minutes.
My old cheese on a cracker method will be replaced by Mrs. Merner’s recipe. The grated cheese melts better than a chunk of cheese. The cayenne pepper is a great addition to the usual melted cheese on a cracker. This recipe is a keeper.
1 cracker, 1/4 teaspoonful butter, 1 tablespoonful grated cheese, a pinch of salt, a few grains of cayenne pepper, spread the butter on a cracker. Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and cover the cracker with it; place on a pan and heat in hot oven until the cheese is melted. Serve hot or cold.