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Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake
January 18th, 2010 by

This is quick and easy to make, but joyfully messy with blueberries and honey.

This is quick and easy to make, but joyfully messy with blueberries and honey.

I believe that food can play a role in people learning and appreciating each other’s culture. And with that thought in mind, I’m celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday by making something from one of my “go-to” cookbooks: The Black Family Reunion Cookbook.

This is Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake. An older cookbook published in 1958 with a nearly identical recipe states, “The Emancipation Proclamation New Year’s Day 1863 is celebrated in all parts of the United States.”

However, The Black Family Reunion Cookbook published in 1991 has a note from a woman in Virginia who writes, “In my home state we have commemorated the Emancipation Proclamation on the 8th of August…with basket dinners. Former slaves and descendants of slaves would come from around the country for this grand day of celebration.”

Of course, none of this describes what this pastry tastes like.  So here’s my attempt to describe its delights: If a blueberry muffin and a honey bun had a baby, this would be it.

Ingredients/Shopping List:
  • Butter Flavored Crisco (1/3 cup)
  • Sugar (1/3 cup)
  • Large Egg (1)
  • All-purpose flour (2 cups)
  • Baking powder (1 tbsp.)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp.)
  • Cinnamon (1/4 tsp.)
  • Milk (1/3 cup)
  • Blueberries, fresh or frozen (1 1/2 cups)
  • Honey (1/4 cup)
  • Grated orange peel (from 1 orange)
  • Grated lemon peel (from 1 lemon)
What I did:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9-inch pie plate.
Combine Butter Flavored Crisco and sugar in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer until creamy.
Beat in 1 egg.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in another bowl. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
Fold in the blueberries
Pat dough out to 1/2 thickness on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into nine 3-inch rounds.
Place one round in the center of the pie plate. Arrange the other eight tilted and overlapping around the center dough circle.
Spread honey over the top. Sprinkle the orange and lemon peel on top.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the dough in the center is thoroughly baked. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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