Friday, January 8, 2010

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake (Aunt Lu's Version)

1 Cup Quick Oats
Stick Oleo
1 1/4 Cup Boiling Water
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/3 Cup Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Soda
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

(1) Stir together Oats, Oleo, Boiling Water. Let set for 20 minutes.
(2) Add all remaining ingredients.
(3) Pour into 9 by 13 Inch Pan. Bake until done, or Cake springs back to the touch in the middle.


6 Tablespoons Soft Butter
1/4 Cup Evaporated Milk or Thin Cream
1/2 C. Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Coconut

(4) Mix together ingredients for Topping.
(5) Spread evenly across top of Cake when it comes out of the Oven.
(6) Broil until topping bubbles.
(7) Serve. Watch it disappear.
Note: I loved this Cake. Aunt Lu would often have warm Cake, Cookies, Bars waiting for my Little Brother and me when we would come home from school. She always made my Family Supper (which included some kind of sweet), although she went home for her own. She had recorded this Recipe in the little Book that she carried back and forth in her purse to our House where she cared for us. She never did bother with the details so some obvious ones are missing. The amount of Coconut isn't stated. She doesn't disclose much about how it should be put together. She doesn't state how long to bake the Cake. She just knew. I remembered the Cake as being "Simple", a remnant of the "Depression Era", and ever so good. Even today after all those years, it is like a long yearned for "hug from Aunt Lu" across time that just disappears.

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