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Election Day Cake
From Dorothy McNett's Recipe Book at www.dorothymcnett.com. As stated in The American Heritage Cookbook..."A recipe for Election Cake (one of the first foods to be identified with American politics) was published as early as 1800 in Amelia Simmons' American Cookery. The cake was served at election time and, in the 1830's this recipe became popularly known as Hartford Election Cake." I have changed some of the steps to make it easier to make in our modern kitchens. This cake has no political party affiliations, it only wants to be at the party you throw for family and friends.
1 medium potato
Peel and quarter the potato and place in batter bowl. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high 3 minutes, or until tender. Cool slightly. In food processor with steel chopping blade in place, process the warm potato until smooth, adding the milk gradually. Add the salt, sugar, yeast, egg and flour and process just enough to make a soft but manageable dough. Turn out onto floured countertop, and dust with flour as needed. Hand knead until smooth and elastic, several minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and allow to stand in a warm draft free spot for about 45 minutes.
Recipe created 2004-10-25.