Help Me With Some Flavor Tips Please

Baking By isillyme Updated 5 Mar 2012 , 1:30am by isillyme

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isillyme Posted 4 Mar 2012 , 3:53pm
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Hi All:
I just made up my grandmother's recipe for a Reta cake. This was a very old recipe and many items had to be forgotten. This is made with 2 cups of all purpose flour. 2 tsp of cream of tartar. 1 tsp of soda dissolved in hot water. no idea on how much. 1 cup of milk 1/2 cup of shortening. and 1 egg. I made this a little while ago. I added some vanilla, and cinnamon but it tastes pretty boring. I thought of adding some almond extract and perhaps some nutmeg. This recipe is over 100 years old so help with this is needed. icon_sad.gif
Please don't ask me how to mix this I had to figure that one out myself icon_biggrin.gif

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kakeladi Posted 4 Mar 2012 , 4:14pm
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In general flavorings are always very personal. You can add more vanilla, up to 2 teaspoons almond or most anything you want. Good luck and do let us know how it turns out.
I have/had? a cookbook with some 1/2 dz 100+ yr old recipes. I do remember once trying at least one of them but it was so long ago I don't remember anything else about it.

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matthewkyrankelly Posted 4 Mar 2012 , 10:51pm
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There is a great website about old recipes, fun and interesting. If you poke around, you might hit on some recipes that mirror your own. It is Good luck!

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isillyme Posted 5 Mar 2012 , 12:48am
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Thank you. That will give me an idea. My grandmother's book and recipes have been handled alot and the pages are torn. I am thinking when my mom received the book it was hard to read. Oiy I am not happy about this cake, but seeing how I am just beginning I am taking it as a lesson learned icon_biggrin.gif

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isillyme Posted 5 Mar 2012 , 1:30am
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After much searching around. I found out that Reta cake is a shortcake recipe. No wonder why it didn't taste so good. I can't stand shortcake icon_biggrin.gif

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