I love simple old fashioned desserts. You know, the kind our grandmothers used to make. The simple, frugal kind. Sure, I like fancy cakes, pies, and cookies. I have quite a few of those recipes posted, but there is something about a simple dessert that I also really enjoy.
Many of the desserts from years ago were so simple and yet so good. They called for everyday ingredients. No fancy or gourmet ingredients were in them. They used and made due with what they had. What did they have? Simple yet good ingredients like eggs, butter, and milk. These were things they could easily get. They did not/could not run to the store for special ingredients.
We could and should learn a lot from those times. I know I need to learn a lot. I love to bake, but it is much more frugal to keep my baked goods simple. And I am learning that you don’t have to sacrifice taste in order to make a simple and frugal dessert. Simple and frugal can still be really good.
One old fashioned recipe that I have found is a version of a depression recipe. Simple, but oh so good. I made this the other day and it was so good. It is a great example of a dessert that does not cost a lot, but is still really good. It is really good served plain, but I also think this would be really good served with fresh fruit or berries.
Hot Milk Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan. In a bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Heat butter and milk in a saucepan until butter melts and mixture is hot but not boiling. Stir in vanilla.
In a separate bowl beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until tripled in volume. This takes about 6 minutes. Make sure to do this step mixing for this length of time is important. Then slowly add hot milk mixture until well incorporated. Add flour mixture beating just until incorporated.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake about 10 minutes then turn out onto rack and finish cooling. Slice and serve.
For more frugal ideas and recipes see Frugal Fridays and Grocery Cart Challenge.
This recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Lost Recipes.