Welcome to “Cooking Through the Decades,” a 10-week journey through the 20th century, where you can let our revamped retro recipes take you back through history. Cook along with us for a chance to win cookbooks and an America’s Test Kitchen apron autographed by Bridget Lancaster.
This week, you rose to our challenge, resisting the urge to preheat your ovens. We all cooked like it’s 1905, and one reluctant time-traveller turned it on, and had to remind herself to shut it off again. Another stopped herself from breaking in a new stand mixer and whipped up this historical cake by hand. We take our broad-brimmed, feather-topped hats off to all the nostalgic bakers who tried the Cold-Oven Pound Cake! Congratulations to Vicki Gehlert and Karen Schneck, who are this week’s winners of America’s Best Lost Recipes: 121 Heirloom Recipes Too Good to Forget and an America’s Test Kitchen apron signed by Bridget Lancaster.
An honorable mention goes to Chris Wingler, who took the gorgeous photograph of Cold-Oven Pound Cake that we have featured at the top of this post. She blogs about cakes at Adventures in Cake Decorating.
Hungry for more? Here are some more ideas for period cooking. Have yourself a 1905-themed dinner party with this menu in which Old World meets New.
Continue to cook like it’s 1905, and get the recipes for a statuesque dessert made famous by a romance novel, Lady Baltimore Cake; our reinvention of a Victorian fad, Shrimp Cocktail Salad; and the Nebraskan specialty brought over by Russian immigrants, Runsas.
Time waits for no cook, and we’re moving on to the next decade, so be sure to join us again for this week’s challenge and more chances to win!
1912 dinner party image from LIFE photo archives.
Vicki Gehlert made this beautifully-crusted Cold-Oven Pound Cake for her Bible Study group. She served it with peaches and everyone enjoyed the cake's light crumb!
Karen Schneck poses here in her baking best with her lovely Cold-Oven Pound Cake. Her family just had to have a slice before she could snap this picture, but the cake still looks great. Congrats again to the winners!