Back in the early 80’s I was living in Dover Foxcroft, the Shire-town of Piscataquis County, Maine.  A friend of mine was operating a small restaurant in her house which was the center of the intellectual life of the town.  Well, I like to think of it that way.  

A delightful woman called Jenny Rideout was the chief cook and her talent was hailed from every cross road and stream.  Of particular note was her pound cake.  One day I asked her for the recipe. She recited it as I wrote it down on the back of a lunch ticket.  I kept this little memento fixed to my refrigerator for years and then one day I was aware of it’s disappearance.  Just as suddenly it was discovered recently and in almost illegible condition I have posted it here.  I was able to transcribe the recipe and will file the original for save keeping.

I made the cake and intended to photograph it for you but “someone” cut into it before the shutter clicked and that will have to wait for another time.


Foxcroft Caf?  Pound Cake   (by Jenny Rideout)

Recorded in the early 1980’s

1/2 pound sweet cream butter (not salted)
2 C granulated sugar
2 C unbleached flour
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 t vanilla 
5 eggs 

Set oven at 350?

Cream butter and sugar –
Sift flour and add to butter mixture – 
Add lemon and vanilla –
Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each one –
Mix well –
Spoon into loaf pan or ring pan

Bake about 1 hr and 15 min.  Test with dry straw for doneness.

This has never failed.  There were so many unique and wonderful people there and this only serves to remind me of them. 



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