Monday, August 18, 2014

Blueberry Sally Lunn

I was reading through a local cook book 'From Our... Kitchen... to yours' by the The Atlantic Provinces Association of Northern B.C. and I stumbled across a recipe for Blueberry Sally Lunn submitted by Sandra Langille of Truro, N.S.

Blueberry Sally Lunn

The cook book reminds me of so many local association, school, knitting club cook books. All the recipes come with a name attached and there are a lot of filler recipes for having a happy home or finding the right husband. Maybe I should of read this book YEARS AGO :) haha!  These so-called recipes make me think of knitted tea cozies, tea stained tea cups, quilted blankets, ... and gasp!... nosey opinionated relatives that can and will explain to you exactly why you are not yet married and how you let a 'good one' get away.  Hopefully it reminds you of grandmas kitchen or the aged cross stitched 'Home Sweet Home' picture framed at Auntie Annie's house, but not me, sorry.. different upbringing I suppose :)

Recipe for a happy home  (submitted by Maisie)


One carefully selected man.
One carefully selected woman.

To the man add the abilities to be a good provider ad give affections. Stir in stability, strength, decisiveness and leadership. Boil until all traces of condescension evaporate.

To the woman add the abilities to be a good homemaker and give encouragement. Stir in loyalty, tenderness, and creativity. Boil until all traces of nagging evaporate.

Carefully blend the two together. Grease immediately with maturity. Flour with common sense. Add heaping amounts of respect and honesty. Constantly add kindness and understanding. Drain off apartness but retain individuality. Whip in sense of humour. Grind in responsibility. Fold in patience mixed with insight. Stir in ability to sacrifice. Soften with trust. Cut out all traces of selfishness. For added richness blend in plans and dreams and season with children.
What I do know for sure about the book is that my mom would of either purchased it or received it as a gift when she used to live in northern BC over 30 yrs ago. What I don't know is when the book was published by Gateway Publishing Co. Ltd (Winnipeg, Canada).

Now, having already made two different Sally Lunns, how could I possibly pass up this one. It's similar to the recipe in the American Woman's cook book in that it doesn't require beating the egg whites to stiff peaks, thankfully! but that's about it - the ratios for the ingredients are completely different.

I made 2 changes in the recipe, mostly so that this recipe is baked the same as the other two Sallys. I used a bundt pan for it instead of the 9X9 mentioned in the recipe and, since bundt's get flipped out, I used the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture to dust the sides of the greased pan, like you would with flour.

Once dusted, I wiped off the unused brown sugar mixture so it wouldn't burn to the side of the pan and popped it in the oven.  I just used my finger, which seemed to work the best :)

It came out of the pan really easily once it was almost cooled, no doubt because the bundt pan is non stick and I also sprayed it with PAM before dusting with the brown sugar mix.

It's not a sweet cake, but the brown sugar and cinnamon coating gives it an extra bit of sweetness and a tiny bit of crunch, which I really like.  I think this really would be amazing served warm with ice cream. Yum!

Blueberry Sally Lunn
From Our... Kitchen... to yours - 1970's? (pg 28) 
Sandra Langille of Truro, N.S.  

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  1. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs
  2. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk
  3. Fold in blueberries
  4. Pour into greased 9 X 9 inch pan
  5. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour
  7. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream

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