Although I’m getting close to the half way mark, today was one of those days when it was tempting to say … “oh I can skip a day”. But I decided I could manage to make one more recipe from the 1906 Berlin Cook Book so I’m making Mrs. Wildfang’s Tea Biscuits at 11:00 at night.
I made half the recipe by rubbing in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of lard into 2 cups of flour. I sifted 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in as well. I added 1 tablespoon of sugar and although the recipe doesn’t indicate an amount for the milk I added approximately a 1/2 cup of milk. I baked the tea biscuits for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Mrs. Wildfang has to remain anonymous for now. Perhaps Barbara Wildfang submitted this recipe. In the 1911 census she is a 57 year old widow living as a boarder with another widow. Maybe it was contributed by Selina age 34 wife of Moses Wildfang age 47 in the 1911 census. They are listed as the parents of three children age 23, 22 and 17. Math and biology suggest that Selina is a second wife. This blended German Methodist family live at 154 Frederick street. Mr. Wildfang is a dry goods merchant while one son is a bank clerk and one daughter is a music teacher. If Mrs. Wildfang’s surname was misspelled she could be part of the Wildfong families in the area.
The biscuits were an excellent reward for continuing to cook each day from the Berlin Cook Book. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I like sweets, and although these biscuits couldn’t be considered a dessert that tiny bit of sugar makes them even better than other tea biscuits. They are also light and fluffy like any good tea biscuit. They make the trip from 1906 to 2012 in fine shape.
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 4 cups of flour, 4 teaspoons cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons soda, 2 tablespoons butter and lard, rub butter and lard into flour, also sift soda and cram of tartar into flour, put in milk and knead as little as possible.