HAPPY BIRTHDAY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A FOURTH OF JULY TRIBUTE

This recipe comes from:
THE FIRST LADIES COOK BOOK
Favorite Recipes of all the Presidents of
The United States
1966 Edition

George & Martha Washington were tireless in giving of themselves for the good of our very new nation.  They entertained many people, from their fellow citizens in our new country to countless visitors from abroad accustomed to being entertained at royal courts.  They were greatly aware of the need to show the rest of the world our ideals as a new nation.  And, to gain respect as the first representative republic nation ever formed.   So congratulate yourself and take great pride in being fortune enough to have been born in this wonderful country.  Celebrate our success as a nation.  Happy Birthday, The United States of America!



A special note from Gene: I am not at all sure where I should put this comment, but here goes.  One of the first stories American children ever hear is about George Washington telling the truth to his father about cutting down the cheery tree.  Well, I, too, must not tell a lie.  The truth is, I do not like this pie.  It is overly rich & not pretty except when covered in fruit as I have done for the photo. I am even puzzled as to why it is called “Chess Cakes” when it is a pie or tartlets?  Maybe there was a mistake made & the British spies substituted recipes!  I would have selected another recipe, but alas, we’re headed to Point Clear & Fairhope, Al to celebrate both my sister, Scotty’s, & The United States of America’s Birthdays.  I’m out of time after making the recipe twice!  So don’t make this recipe, just have fun celebrating the holiday & enjoy Joe’s patriotic photos.




GEORGE and MARTHA WASHINGTON’S    CHESS CAKES


 

 

 

1 cup real butter, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
6 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 tsp. salt
1 T. lemon juice & grated rind of 1 lemon
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 9-inch pastry or 12 tarts (made in muffin tins or fluted patty pans)

Fresh strawberries, blueberries & sweetened whipped cream


Preheat oven & a baking pan to 350 degrees.  In an electric mixer, cream the butter with ½ cup of the sugar added slowly.  In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with salt until light & lemon color. Slowly beat in the remaining ½ cup sugar; then add the lemon juice & lemon rind.  Add the cream butter mixture & the wine until well blended.  Pour into the pie shell and bake in the preheated oven on the pan for (50 minutes was too long in my oven) 50 to 60 minutes or until pie filling is set. (Perhaps a wood stove makes the difference!)

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