Tonight I thought I’d try another recipe for Spanish Bun from the 1906 Berlin Cook Book. The one I made back in February using Miss Boullee’s recipe was very good. This time the recipe was submitted by Mrs. W. Wagner.
I creamed the butter and brown sugar, added the beaten eggs and regular 2% milk. I mixed in the spices and baking powder and finally added the flour. This time I spooned the cake batter into a greased oblong pan so that it would be easier to serve to a group tomorrow. I baked it at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.
Mrs. W. Wagner could be one of two women. In the 1901 census William R. Wagner (32) is married to Malinda (26) and they have a four year old daughter. William”s brother-in-law John Gole is also a resident in the household. By 1911 John has moved out. Over the years William works as a butcher, cabinet maker and an ironer in a shirt factory. According to the 1911 census this Lutheran family lives at 44 Alma street.
The 1901 census also has William Wagner (50) , his 42 year old wife Elizabeth, and their nine children age 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14,12, 9 and 7, plus a 14 year old lodger. By 1911, the number of people living at 101 Wellington street is reduced to William and Elizabeth plus four children ranging in age from 31 to 14. They are listed as Evangelical. William is a carpenter in a factory and the children work in a variety of factories making shirts, rubber boots, and furniture.
This version of Spanish Bun has a milder taste than the previous one. There’s not quite so much spice. However, it is still a nice cake and especially suitable for anyone who prefers things a little “quieter”. I don’t think I’ll bother making this one again.
2 cups of dark brown sugar, 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of sweet milk, 4 egg, beaten well, 1/2 teaspoon of cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and allspice, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 3 1/2 cups of flour.