How well I remember my mother making Lemon Crackers with the ammonia melting in a tin cup on the back of the stove! Mother's recipe was lost, but the memory of those delicious crackers did not fade. I was unsuccessful in trying to find a recipe until a relative in my native West Virginia sent one. It was not very specific and, among other things, called for 2 1/2 cents worth of ammonia. How much was that three generations ago?
I asked the Home Economics Department of the State University to modernize the recipe for me, but these experts could give me no help. Years later, in a recipe contest, one of the entries was for Lemon Crackers! Here's the way it goes:
"Mix together one cup lard, two cups sugar, two eggs, two cups sweet milk, one teaspoon oil of lemon, one-half ounce carbonate ammonia, pulverized and dissolved in a little warm water. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Knead well, roll very thin, cut into squares, prick with a fork and bake quickly in a hot oven. Let cool before serving. This makes about five pounds of crackers."
Salt was not mentioned in either recipe. Guess they just took that for granted.
Mrs. Paul Murdoch
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