Homestead Cake Recipe

A while ago I had posted about a new recipe I tried in an attempt to use up some of my surplus milk.  It was a huge success with my family (especially my husband who ate two huge pieces the night I made it!)

I really like this cake in the fact that it provides the opportunity to use an abundance of things you might have on a family farm, eggs, milk, berries or other fruit.  It is also pretty darn simple to make.  Although the original recipe I followed called for using 8 egg yolks in the cream filling, I used less since I don’t have an abundance of eggs at the moment.  I successfully used 2 yolks the first time I made this cake and 4 yolks the second.  My primary reasoning for increasing the eggs in my second batch is that outside of an egg white omelet (which are not popular in my house) I really don’t have any use for two egg whites.  However, by increasing it to four eggs, I know have enough to make a small angel food cake… always thinking.

 

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Reserve eggwhites for angel food cake

 

 

Homestead Cake (Hot Milk Cake)

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp Vanilla extract

2Tbsp butter

1 c. milk

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350’F.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.

Sift together the flour and baking powder, (I used a sheet of waxed paper to make for easy pouring) set aside.

In a sauce pan melt the butter in the milk and heat until milk is almost boiling.

In a large mixer bowl beat the eggs until very light and foamy.  Add the sugar, salt, and vanilla.

Add the hot milk immediately to the egg mixture, with the beater running.  Then quickly, with the beater running at low speed add the flour in gradually.  As soon as the flour is incorporated pour the batter into the prepared pans and place in the oven.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven and cool on a rack for at least 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges to loosen the cake and invert onto a rack and allow to fully cool.

While the cake is baking you can start the cream filling.

Vanilla Cream Filling

1/2 c. sugar

2Tbsp corn starch

1/2 tsp salt (original recipe called for 1 tsp, but I found this slightly too salty)

2 cups whole milk or cream (or combination)

2-8 egg yolks (I used 4), lightly beaten

1 Tbsp vanilla

In a pot (I use the same one I warmed my milk in for the cake) mix together the cornstarch, sugar, salt and milk/cream.  Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture starts to thicken.  Briskly whisk a small amount at a time into the eggs to keep them from scrambling (about 1/4- 1/2 cup SLOWLY).  Add the warmed eggs into the pot stirring constantly until thick and just bubbling (about 2 minutes).  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Allow to cool before filling the cake.

To assemble the cake place on round on the serving platter of your choice.  Spread the cream over the center of the cake, only spreading a thin coat to the edges, when you put the second layer on the filling will push to the outside.  Chill until ready to serve and top with powdered sugar, or fruit of your choice!

 

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Homesteading Cake

I made this cake tonight and I call it “I thought homesteading was a great idea and now what do I do with all of it” cake.  I am surrounded by milk and have made it my mission the last couple days to use up as much as I possibly can.

Actually, this cake is called a Hot Milk Cake and I found the recipe at Counter Dog while Googling “cakes that use alot of milk”.  The story along with it about her Grandmother is lovely as well!

I made a modification to the cream filling since I had an overload of milk and not eggs I reduced the egg yolks to 2 (instead of 8) and the salt to 1/2 tsp.  I also added the Raspberry coulis, from last year’s raspberry crop.

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I will post the recipe here soon, but in the meantime, the story that I mentioned above is really worth the read (perfect pass time for stirring the pudding!)

Hello & Goodbye

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Last week Sugar Dot and Merida came back to the farm after going to visit a bull for a couple months (Merida went to keep Sugar Dot in milk while she was away).  I didn’t realize how much I missed seeing them out the back window!  Although I have to admit, being able to do chores in less than 15 minutes while she was away spoiled me a bit.  The sparkling jars of fresh milk once again filling my fridge make the extra time (in the pouring rain and knee-deep mud, way to go Michigan) well worth it.

Lucy our horse also came home from winter camp where she was helping give lessons.  She too is enjoying nice open pastures, but not so much the rain.

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The little turkeys have outgrown their small brooding area and have been relocated to a much larger coop.  They are actively enjoying the ample space and nice warm heat lamp.  It made me laugh the first morning I went to check on them, the second I walked in they all immediately started chirping and ran to the food dishes.  Since I had more space I was able to put out extra dishes so they should never run out, but the acted like they couldn’t have breakfast until I walked in.  They are now cured of waiting for me to eat but give me a cheerful greeting none the less.

Today also is the day the steers are leaving us to go to the butcher (ironically it is the first day of National Beef Month).  Drizzly rain seems fitting for the occasion, but I really wish they had nicer weather to travel in.  Their leaving also frees up some pasture space for re-arranging our herds, which means it is time for all the babies to be weaned from their mothers.  It is well past time for them to be separated, so it is a good thing for sure!

I also noticed a flower on one of the strawberry plants today, so spring and summer are at least trying to break through on our little farm!

 

Spilt Milk

“There’s no use crying over spilt milk.” How many of us have heard that old idiom before?  I know many of you mama’s out there, like myself have likely cried over spilled milk.

Last night the cow stuck her foot in my full milk pail, which would have ruined the milk, even if she hadn’t knocked it over.  I could not help but to start crying.  Not because we were depending on this pail of milk for our meal (although I know a pail of milk is a meal for all too many in the world), but because of the waste.  The wasted energy and feed the cow spent making the milk, not that she seemed to mind in the least, the waste of my energy milking her, the wasted time my girls were waiting for their dinner, and the wasted milk that could have fed the calf or been consumed by my family or friends.

This isn’t the first time I’ve cried over spilled milk.  As a nursing and working mom, knocking over a newly pumped bottle or spilling even a little transferring that bottle to storage was often enough to make my eyes well.  So much energy put into caring for my sweet babies, and then it felt like it was all for nothing.  To all you formula feeding mama’s out there, I know you get it too, fumbling around in the middle of the night with a screaming infant in one arm only to drop the finally warm bottle and watch it splash all over your feet.  I have been there.

Then there are the moments when the toddler dumps their milk on the clean– you name it, the moments when you used the last of the milk to make something that should have been spectacular, failed.  I am sure most of us moms (and likely everyone else too) if we are honest can think of a moment milk has brought us to tears.

I have been blessed enough in my life that these moments of tears come from stress and exhaustion.  I have never been truly afraid that my baby would go hungry, even for a little while because of my mistake.  Too many parents out there have that real fear and my heart breaks for you.  Please know you are constantly in my prayers as are your little ones.

Spilled milk is an unfortunate event it’s true, and worrying over it might not do us any good. Feel free, though my friend to shed a couple tears because we both know that it is not the milk and it is not the unfortunate mess.  The tears are for the effort spent trying to show love and ending feeling inadequate.

Even if you are exhausted or frustrated, even if you spilled the milk today, even if it is not fine, they know you love them and you are strong, even if you don’t want to be right now.

Morning Antics

imageCows can inspire many endearing words. Having to fix a fence before the sun comes up because one got it in her head the grass is greener on the other side does not invoke those words.

Sometime last night, and I can only assume early on based on the size of the hay pile left, dear Sugar Dot decided to push through a fence panel leaving behind Merdia. Needless to say neither Merida nor I were very pleased at this arrangement. Sugar was a little uncomfortable also, since she didn’t have her baby nursing on her for who knows how long.

And so after getting the fence put back together Merida joined me with the morning milking. I thought she was being a little more rough than usual on her mom…. I don’t blame her and chuckled (just a little).