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April 7, 1879 Annie Manchester Recipes

April 7, 1879

In a little book thatAunt Annie Manchester wrote in that I found in the attic:
Her recipes….. Enjoy reading them, I have!

Little book

Front page:

Miss Anna

Annie Manchester

Independence, Pa

April 7th 1879

We may live without poetry, music and art;

We may live without conscience and love without heart;

We may live without friends, we may live without house;

But civilized man cannot live without cooks.

We may live without books ~ what is knowledge but grieving?

We may live without hope ~ what is hope but deceiving?

We may live without love ~ what is passion but pining?

But where is the man that can live without dining?

Chocolate Caramels

1 ½ cups of molasses,

1 ½ cups of sugar

1 cup of milk

1 cup grated chocolate,

½ teaspoon soda,

Boil about ½ hour. Pour in flat dishes to cool and mark into little squares with a knife when cool enough.

Sugar Candy.

3 cups sugar, ½ cup water,

½ cup vinegar,

1 teaspoon butter put in at last  with ½ teaspoon of soda dissolved in hot water.

Boil without stirring till it crisps in cold water. Pull while it disived. (dissolved?)

Flavor with essonic?


2 cups sour milk, 1 large cup butter, 2 ½ cups sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon soda dissolved in hot water.

1 Flour to roll  to be raly?  Stiff.

Ginger Snaps.

1 large cup butter & lard mixed

1 coffee cup sugar

1 cup molasses, ½ cup water,

1 tablespoonful ginger,

1 tablespoonful cinnamon,

1 tablespoonful cloves,

1 tablespoonful soda dissolved in hot water.

Flour for rather stiff dough. Roll out quite thin & beke (bake) quickly.

Our Corn Bread

1qt. Butter milk, 1 egg well beaten, 1 tablespoon sugar or more if desired, 1 teaspoon soda dissolved in hot water, 1 small teaspoon salt.  Enough corn-meal to make totally thin batter. Bake quickly.

Graham Flour Gems

1 pint sour milk,

1egg well beaten,

1 teaspoonful soda,

1 tablespoonful sugar,

Flour to make a stiff batter.

Bake with a hot fire.

Drop Dumplings.

1 pint buttermilk,

1 small teaspoon soda, 1 egg, salt, flour enough to make very stiff. Boil in just enough  broth to keep from sticking.

A nice Pudding

1 cup sweet milk,

1 cup molasses,

1 cup raisins,

1 teaspoon salt, spice if desired.

Boil 3 hours.

                Sauce or “Dip” for the above.

1 cup sugar, 2 ½ cups water, 1 teaspoonful butter, Flavor with spice or lemon adding a little thickening of flour.

Mrs. Stanley’s Noodles.

Take 2 eggs & break in less than a pint of flour, in which is a teaspoon of salt. Stir gently with the ends of the fingers until a smooth soft paste. Roll very thin, almost like a wafer, put flour over it, put in a cool place until needed. Half an hour before dinner fold the bread sheet? Into a small one & shred in very fine beads with a sharp knife, toss into a heap with plenty of flour sprinkled over. Drop a few at a time in over a pint of boiling water in the spider?, stirring all the time. Let boil a good bit. Put some pieces of toasted bread in a deep dish and when the noodles are done pour over the bread, add  a bunch of butter, stir the mass until seasoned through. Make a hollow in the center & put in a tea cup of sweet cream, and keep the dish warm. (Very nice as I’ve thought today (Apr 28 ‘79) for dinner)

Custard Pies.

1 quart sweet milk,

3 eggs, a pinch of salt,

1 coffee cup 2/3 full of sugar.

Make three pies.

Lemon Pies.

2 Lemons grated.

2 ½ cups water

2 “     “  sugar

3 Tablespoons flour

5 eggs.

Make 3 pies.

The whites of eggs used as a meringue.

Tapioca Cream Pudding.

1 cup tapioca soaked over night in water, boil 1 qt. of milk, add yolks of 2 eggs & tapioca, let it boil & when partly cool, add beaten whites, stirring very toughly.  Sweeten & flavor.

Tapioca Pudding

1 cup tapioca

1 qt milk

5 eggs – whites & yolks beaten separately. 2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons sugar

White of eggs as meringue

Sauce made of white sugar

Nov. 6th ‘79


Sugar Cakes.

1 ½ cups sugar,

2/3 cup butter

1/3 cup sweet milk,

2 eggs, well beaten,

1 spoonful soda dissolved in hot water;

2 spoonfuls cream of tartar thoroughly mixed in the flour,

½ nutmeg,

½ spoonful of salt,

Flour to make a soft dough.

Bake quickly to a nice brown.

Jennie’s Sponge Cake.

Jennie Manchester, sister to Annie

2 cups sugar,

2 cups flour,

4 eggs, whites,

6 eggs, yellows,

2 teaspoons baking powder,

3 tablespoons water,

Little salt.

Jennie’s Buckwheat Cakes

Jennie Manchester, sister to Annie

1 cup yeast,

2 pts. Buckwheat flour,

1 pt wheat flour,

1 pt graham flour,

Salt. Warm water enough to make moderately stiff:

Before baking (when quite light), add ½ teaspoon of soda. Bake on a hot griddle.

Mrs. M M’s Cake.

Martha Jane McClane Manchester, Mother to Annie

1 ½ cups sugar,

2/3 cup sweet milk,

3 cups flour,

2/3 cup butter,

3 eggs,

2 teaspoons baking powder.

(2/3 teaspoon soda,

1/3 teaspoon cream tartar.)


Griddle Cakes.

4 pints butter milk,

1 teaspoon salt,

3 teaspoons soda,

3 eggs, whites beaten separately .

Flour to make a thin batter.

Apr. 17, 1880

Martha Cake +

Martha Jane McClane Manchester, Mother to Annie

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

Butter, m size of an egg.

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cream tartar in flour

½ teaspoons soda dissolved in a tablespoon of milk.

Jack’s Wife’s Pudding.

½ cup sweet milk, ½ teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoonfuls baking powder sifted with enough flour to make stiff as for pie crust; roll thin spread with any kind of fruit, finish ordered? Previously cooked.

Then roll as jelly cake roll,

Put in pudding dish, pour over 1 cup sugar ½ cup butter; fill up the dish with boiling water;

Bake ½ hour.

The juice will seem as sauce. (Very good)

March 6th ‘85

Cheesecake Custard.

1 qt milk,

3 level tablespoons corn starch,

4 level tablespoons grated chocolate,

Stir the chocolate in the milk,

Heat to boiling, then add the corn starch dissolved in a little milk. Let it cook a moment then take from the fire, add salt, sugar, & vanilla to taste.

Sweetened flavor/ cup cream, or even half a cup will answer.

Beat it with an egg beater

Put in the custard where cold.

(Very fine indeed.)

April 9t

Pickled Oysters.

Choose the largest for this purpose.  Put over the fire in their own liquor & a small piece. Simmer a few minutes until plump & white, then take out with a skimmer into a dish.  Take of their own liquor enough to cover them. Put a layer of oysters into a deep dish, stir over a few cloves, bits of cinnamon & whole pepper & cover with two or three slices of lemon till all are used. To the hot liquor add a cup of vinegar (that is, if you are not pickling over 12 oysters), salt to taste & pour over the oysters. They may be used the second day after preparing, but will keep some time in a cool place.

(from “Rural’s Domestic Economy October 18th, 1884.)


½ gallon of potatoes,

9 pts. Of water,

2 handfuls of hops,

1 cup of sugar,

1 small cup of salt

2 Tablespoons ginger,

1 cup yeast

Apr. 26th ‘86

On back of letter to Anna Manchester from L. Maria Cheeny

School of Design & Artistic Needle Work,

301 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, Mich. 5/2/1884

Chicken Salad

1 chicken & as much celery.

2 hard boiled eggs. 1 raw egg

1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper,

1 teaspoon mustard, 3 teaspoons melted butter.

1 teaspoon white sugar,

½ cup vinegar

Martha’s Cake

Martha Jane McClane Manchester, Mother to Annie

3 eggs, butter, the size of an egg

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cream-tartar sifted in flour

½ teaspoon soda, dissolved in a tablespoon milk

Layer Cake

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter

1 cup milk

3 ½ cups flour

The yolks of five eggs & whites of two

3 teaspoons baking powder

On another piece of lined paper with embossed Kohala Mills


1 pt of cold water

2 pts of boiling water

6 lemons or 4 lemons & 2 oranges

½ pt of sherry wine or what ever kind you may prefer.

First put the cold water – on the gelatine, and let stand 15 or 20 min.

Then pou the boiling water on, slice the lemons in and the wine in and sweeten to taste, then strain & twice through a cloth, and then set away to cool,

I know you ad-mire my style of writing a recipe.

(Annie did not write this, but there is no name on it)

Annie L. Jack’s Cookies with out eggs

On the back of a letter from Perry Mason, Co.

2 cups sugar

1 cup sweet milk

1 cup butter

½ teaspoon soda with flour enough to roll

Flavoring cinnamon or vanilla

Another piece of paper

Mrs. H.M. Murray’s White Cocanut (Coconut) Cake

2 cups powdered sugar

3 ½ cups flour

1 cup butter

8 eggs (whites)

3 teaspoons baking powder ( Excelsion Logan & List.)

3 white’s eggs frostin.

Aug. 16th 1883

Burgettstown, Pa.

On a small piece of paper

For Mixed Pickle

2 qt vinegar

2 lbs brown sugar

2 tablespoons full ground mustard

2 tablespoons full black pepper

2 tablespoons full cinnamon

2 tablespoons full turmeric

2 tablespoons full celery seed

1 tablespoon full celery seed

1 tablespoon full mace

1 tablespoon full alum pulverized


2 gallons tomato juice

1 qt. chopped onions

1 tablespoon allspice

1 tablespoon cloves

1 tablespoon mustard seed

2 tablespoons ground mustard

1 cup white sugar

Salt, 1 pt. vinegar

Upper St. Clair, Set. 30, 1884


Back in the book

Coriander Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup “Coppered” milk or cream

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

6 cups flour or just enough to stiffen into rollabe paste.

T tablespoonful soda dissolved in boiling water.

2 tablespoonfuls coriander seed ground or beaten

Caraway seed can be used instead of coriander.

28th M’ch, ‘88

Cream Cookies.

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 cup butter

½ grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon soda,

Flour enough to make a dough as soft as it can be rolled.

Suet Pudding

3 cups flour.

1 cup sweet milk.

1 cup molasses.

1 cup raisins.

½ cup chopped suet.

1 teaspoon soda.

A little salt & any spice divided.

Boil two hr. or steam three hours.

Feby 18th.-1890.

Little scrap piece of lined paper

Jelly Cake.

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

½ cup of butter

½ sweet or sour milk

½ teaspoonful of soda

1 teaspoonful of flour.

On a piece of lined paper

Lemon crackers.

Two cups of soft white sugar one cup of

lard whites of two eggs one pint- of sweet milk

two oz of bake n  ammonia two oz of lemon

extract – first pound your ammonia in a cloth

Then dissolve in a little of the milk beat the eggs

And augar to a cream then add all of the milk

Then the whites of two eggs beaten stiff last

Two oz of lemon extract make as stiff as

Cookies roll thin as a knife blade. Bake in

Hot oven.

Also found in the book

Page 3 & 4 of the Blum’s Fair Bulletin, Wheeling, October, 1881

I think Annie kept this for the article

A Housekeeper’s Alphabet.

See copy of.

A pattern for lace

“Combination Lace Cast on twenty-nine stitches.”

Letter in little journal

Stamped marked East Liverpool 1885 Sep. 21 6 PM

Miss Annie Manchester



Washington, Pa.

Hookstown Pa

                Sept. 21” 1185

On last page of little journal of recipes

Feby 7th,-1881.

Miss Anna Manchester’

                When I reached home I found your letter awaiting me and in reading it friend much pleasure. You said the night we left you this I should write to let you know how we got home.

Would say we came very near meeting with misfortune this night going to Mr. Allisons. It was very dark down the tack road, – so dark we could not see the horse. We lost the road. And the horse stopped and would not go forward. Mr. Lepin went to investigate, and on striking a match we found we were right on the edge of a deep precipice. We got started again and Mr. L.- found it necessary to lead the beast the entire way down the hill. When we got to the mill we decided the next time we would stay over night.

                We reached home next day all right & found plenty – work ready for me. Have found more work than usual in view of my going away. Attended meeting of Presbyterian last week and in the discharge of the duties of moderation I found my -self quite busy.  If was also unusual in me to present & lead in the ordination & installed – services of a young brother. This was the most solemn duty – in which I ever served. All passed through nicely.

                When I returned from your place, the Trustees of the cong.  Here handed me a paper signed by all the members of the congregation and many ordherewh -? Asking this I return to them after my trip. Considering all things I have decided to comply with their request. I had very pleasant services yesterday with at home and down in my mission. Of course there had to be a great many farewells sent. The young people of the congregation and neighborhood gave me a very nice farewell meeting last Friday evening. It was a very pleasant affair. They gave refreshments, – had music, vocal & instrumentals and at the close a farewell address by one of  my boys. I was an occasion which I cannot forget.

But now my “Good Boys” have been said and I must launch and whether to return or not we cannot say.  And God who ever  earth for those who trust in him, I know will guide me according to his ever pleasure.

                I leave today for the East where I will spend a week in or so with my friends in New York City.

In view of my sailing Oct 3rd would ask you to address me at 173 E. 114 St. New York City

                May girls blessing rest with you. My kindest to your folks.

Your Friend W. N. Lyite ?