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Recipe # 2 – Hermits # 2

January 4, 2013

One of the most important things to do is read the recipe through before you start.  This can prevent mistakes from happening, and it will make sure that you have all the ingredients you need on hand before you begin.  It also can point out potential problems.

Hermit Recipe # 2 has problems.  Sadly, as there is no way to contact Mrs. H.L. Wood, I can’t just pick up the phone and call her to say, “Excuse me, but I think you forgot something in your Hermit recipe that you gave to the church cookbook.”  Tracking down her ancestors might be possible, but due to time constraints, it’s not really feasible.

The recipe is as follows:

One and one half cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup lard, 1 egg, 4 tablespoons sweet milk, 1 cup chopped raisins, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cloves, 1 nutmeg, 1 teaspoon Royal Baking Powder.  Cut out, sprinkle sugar over the top. – Mrs. H.L. Wood

Do you see what is missing?  Flour.  Now, I make peanut butter cookies without flour, so It could work.(Thanks to Mac’s Mom for that recipe.) Sweet milk is non sour, non spoiled milk.  Also, if you chill your knife before you chop the raisins, it makes it easier and less sticky. (Thanks to Mac for the suggestion!)  So – Onward.


The ingredients prior to mixing.


Mixed together!  It smells wonderful, but after I added egg, the batter is very wet.  Color me dubious at this point.


Ready to bake in a 350 degree oven. (Maybe)


After 10 minutes in the oven.  First failure of the year!   

I don’t have time to start again right now, but maybe after dinner I will tonight.  I was hoping that these would work, but I really felt strongly that they would not.  I can try chilling the batter, but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have to add some flour.

Right now, the clear winner with the hermit recipes is recipe number 1, Mrs. Cumming’s recipe.  My in house beta cookie tester, says they are quite good and not overly sweet.  I wanted more spice, but we’ll see if I can get Mrs. Wood’s recipe to work.

– Kate

(And when they invent the telephone hotline to departed chefs/cooks, I’m going to want to know about it.  Something tells me that I’m going to be wishing I could pick up the phone and ask – what does this mean?)






From → Cookies, Failures

  1. Try baking these like lace cookies. 10 minutes is way too long – maybe 3 minutes, possibly 5. They’re certainly not what we think of as a hermit…

    • True… It says to cut into squares and sprinkle with sugar – which I can’t see doing with a lace type cookie.

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