Friday, June 3, 2011

Hot Milk Cake

I had a really puny day recently - one of the worst in a while.  You know, one of those days when doing the least little thing takes herculean effort, and the smallest little bump in the road can practically reduce you to tears?  So, for some reason, I've had this cake recipe of my mom's on my mind lately, and I thought I'd spend some of my puny time looking through her old recipe books and file cards to see if I could find it.  So, I drug them all out, and sat down in the living room floor and searched through every one, but I could not find it, and yes, this was one of those ridiculously small bumps in the road that reduced me to tears -- well -- let's just say it made my eyes leak -- silly, huh?  Anyway, it's kind of interesting to me how still having the recipes for all the good things made by our moms and grandmothers somehow keeps us connected to them, don't you think?  And, I guess, not finding this recipe was a little like not being able to find part of a memory of my mother (hence, the leaking eyes?). 

Well, anyway, since I couldn't find it in my mother's recipe stash, I looked for it online (what did we ever do without the internet?), and I was so happy to find what I think is the same recipe she used.  It's called 'Hot Milk Cake', and I found  the recipe here.  Do any of you remember your mother or grandmother making this?  My mom wasn't one who liked really gloopy overly sweet desserts and neither am I  (in fact, I always begged for a piece of cake before it was frosted, and my little grandson, Jordan, is the same way -- no icing thank you very much ;), so I remember her making this plain cake with no icing, and we loved it.  Sometimes, we would just put butter on our cake - imagine that ;).

Anyhoo, a couple of days ago, I made it, and it is truly as good as I remembered.  I thought the 2 cups of sugar called for in the recipe sounded like too much, so I reduced it to 1 2/3 cups, and it was still plenty sweet.  In fact, I think I'll try 1 1/2 cups next time (or maybe less).  And, as I mentioned above, I'm not a big fan of icing, so I made a boiled custard (as my mom called it) to pour over it instead.  We love this stuff, and I could eat it on everything (except maybe steak) - or just drink it right out of the jug.

Mr. FC & I polished this off way too fast, but OMGosh, it was good.  There seems to something about using the hot milk that makes the texture of this cake different -- hard to explain but a little more dense I guess you could say -- not heavy but just - oh, I don't know --- just good!  I have to say this is the recipe I will use from now on for shortcakes, for trifle, instead of pound cake, and for just plain eating.  I'm fighting the urge to go make another one right now ;).

Here's the custard recipe I used -- just the way it was given to me years ago.

Boiled Custard Sauce

  • 1/2 (or less) c. sugar 
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 2 c. milk
  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 or 2 t. vanilla (I use 2)
In double boiler, mix sugar, flour, salt, then gradually add the 2 c. milk.
Cook covered over simmering water for 8 minutes without stirring.
Uncover, stir and cook about 10 more minutes.
Add the egg yolks and 2 T. butter, continue to cook and stir until thickened -- about 2 - 5 more minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Cool quickly (if desired) by placing pan in bowl of ice water and stirring occasionally.

My daughter and I use this recipe for the custard when making trifle too --- another family favorite.  Hmmmm, now I'm feeling the need to make one of those too ;).  Soon -- maybe when the peaches are ready.

Have a great weekend and eat cake ;).

♥  ♥  ♥



Josie-Mary said...

Sorry to hear you had a bad day but I'm sure the cake helped.... it looks lovely! :) x

wayside wanderer said...

What a sweet story. I totally understand why you would be upset and I am so glad you found the recipe! (The internet! What did we do without it?) I've never had boiled custard that I know of but it looks YUMMY!

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you've been feeling bad. Awe. I hope you're on the mend now. This cake looks delicious, creamy, & comforting. Perfect for a bad!!

I love the beautiful new look of your blog. This one may be the best ever ;) So pretty, cozy, & homey!!

Love you!!

Gigi said...

Aw, thanks Little Girl! I'm so lame at this blogging stuff, it took me hours to do this, and it really still isn't exactly what I was trying to do -- oh well ;).

Love you!!!


Gigi said...

Hi Ladies, thanks for stopping by and reading my 'whine' of the week ;), and you're so sweet to take the time to leave a comment!


GretchenJoanna said...

You really do a good job of describing the feelings one can get, and your missing your mother....I like very much that term for the kind of day I don't like: PUNY. And even the leaky eyes image is quite helpful. The best part is, your story ends on a comfort(food)ing note!

Pom Pom said...

I don't know what happened to my previous comment on this post. I hope blogger isn't eating my comments!
Anywho . . . I am so sorry that you are feeling a little under the weather, G. I will pray for a peppy week! That cake looks so good. I want some! Thank you for rejoicing with me about the end of school. You know how it is and that feels good to me! I AM a house mouse and I can't wait to mouse around here!
Sending lots of love your way!

dottycookie said...

Oh, so sorry you had a rotten day - but thank you for introducing a fabulous new term to my personal dictionary - "puny day". Oh, yes. I know those feelings all too well.

Gumbo Lily said...

Hot milk cake! Yes, I love it...plain. I found a recipe for it many years ago in an old Country Woman magazine. I made it lots when the kids were growing up. It has a moist, tender crumb that's just exactly what I like to eat. We used to sometimes spread butter on top of our pieces of cake too. I especially liked it on chocolate cake.

So glad you shared your cake memories. Now I want to make that hot milk cake again! (and I will) I'm glad to know that you not only drink green smoothies, but you eat cake too.


GretchenJoanna said...

How would you make that trifle? Would it work to use the hot milk cake layered with peaches and custard sauce? :-)

Gigi said...

Hi GJ,
I think it would, don't you? I usually use pound cake, but I like this cake better. I cook my peaches a little with sugar (until a little thickened and not so watery), then, layer with the cake, fruit, custard and top with whipped cream and slivered blanced almonds. This is my all time favorite dessert!

Kristyn Knits said...

I've been having a few of those, how did you say it?, puny days lately. hoping yours were short lived! your cake sounds delicious, and I'll be back to copy down the custard sauce recipe!!

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