Hot Water Sponge Cake | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Sponge Cake

Simple, light and elegant, sponge cake was the quintessential cake of the Victorian era, transformed into endless style and flavor combinations. Some were served plain, garnished simply with fruit, whipped cream or a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar. Others took it up a notch by adding flavorings such as lemon or orange. The most elegant were…

Strawberry Shortcake | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Strawberry Shortcake

True strawberry shortcake incorporates a rich, crumbly, biscuit-like cake that is not too sweet – very similar to a scone. The biscuit dough can be shaped into one large cake and then cut into pieces, or baked as separate little cakes, either by cutting the dough into rounds with a biscuit cutter, or dropping spoonfuls…

Salad | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Winter Salads

“Salads are supposed by a large class of people to be difficult to prepare; but such is not the case. They are really simple of construction, and one needs only to use a little judgment in their preparation.” ~ Murrey’s Salads and Sauces by Thomas Jefferson Murrey, 1884. A salad of fresh, tender lettuces is…

Jelly Roll | Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Jelly Rolls

A perfect springtime treat, pretty, dainty Jelly Rolls conjure up images of ladies tea parties, bridal showers and fancy brunches. A Victorian era creation, these delicious confections are made from very thin layers of sponge cake spread with fruit preserves or jelly, rolled up into a neat cylinder, and then sliced into elegant spirals. Light…

Women in History

Let’s take a look back at past tweets about some of the greatest women during the Victorian Era. ARTICLE – The Royal Society’s Lost Women Scientists by Richard Holmes via The Guardian The Royal Society’s Lost Women Scientists via @theguardianhttp://t.co/7uerE4ixPF #Victorian #19thcentury #Herstory — Ebenezer Maxwell (@EMaxwellMansion) December 3, 2014 VIDEO – Women of Philadelphia:…