Scripture cake…

The members of The Scottish Women’s Rural Institute must really have been good Christian women if the recipe in their Cookery Book (Sixth Edition) reprinted in March 1950 is anything to go by…

scripture-cake

I thought I’d have a go at deciphering it, so being mindful of the times, and as my knowledge of the bible is limited to… well, let’s just leave it at ‘limited’… I’ve used the official King James Bible Online as a reference for the given passages…

The recipe decoded, as far as I can work out, goes as follows:

Four and a half cupfuls of 1st Kings, iv, 22 – ‘And Solomon’s provision for one day was 30 measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal’

One and a half cupfuls of Judges, v, 25 – ‘He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish’

Two cupfuls Jeremiah, vi, 20 – ‘To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me’

Two cupfuls of 1st Samuel, xxx, 12 – ‘And they gave him a piece of cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights’

Two cupfuls of Nahum, iii, 12 – ‘All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater’

One cupful of Numbers, xvii, 8 – ‘And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and behold the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds’

Two tablespoonfuls of 1st Samuel, xiv, 25 – ‘And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground’

Six articles of Jeremiah, xvii, 11 – ‘As the partridge sitteth on eggs; and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool’

A pinch of Leviticus, ii, 13 – ‘And every oblation of they meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering; with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt’

Twp teaspoonfuls of Amos, iv, 5 – ‘And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD’

Season to taste with 2nd Chronicles, ix, 9 – ‘And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon’

Method – Add citron and follow Solomon’s advice for making a good boy – Proverbs xxiii, 14, and you have a good cake – ‘Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell’

So from all of that we have:

Four and a half cups of fine flour
One and a half cups of butter
Two cups of sugar
Two cups of raisins
Two cups of figs (and in Scotland in the 1950s, I imagine they would definitely have been dried figs!)
One cup of almonds
Two tablespoons honey
Six eggs
A pinch of salt
Two teaspoons baking powder
Season with spices to taste (probably ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, i would think)
Add lemon and beat well…

Sounds to me like a pretty rich, dense fruit cake – no baking instructions given but I guess it would bake like a Christmas cake 🙂

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