Sunday, February 12, 2012

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. A Republican, he became our 16th president on March 4, 1861 at the age of 52. His presidency extended through the Civil War (which lasted from 1861 to 1865), and ended when he was shot at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 and died nine hours later on April 15.

Below are a few of his many famous quotes:
  • Whatever you are, be a good one.
  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
  • With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
  • I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
  • If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.
  • I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
  • I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.
Perhaps his most noteworthy achievement was the Emancipation Proclamation speech on January 1, 1863, which ended slavery in the Confederacy.

Although he was known for not being too interested in food in general, one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite recipes is below. This recipe is found all over the internet, but the version here is adapted from Lincoln’s Table by Donna D. McCreary.
Mary Todd Lincoln’s Almond White Cake

6 egg whites
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup almonds, blanched and coarsely ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray (or grease and flour). Beat the egg whites with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, about 4 minutes; set aside. Combine flour and baking flour; sift together 3 times and set aside.

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition. Stir in the almonds and vanilla.

Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 1 hour; remove and cool completely. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

A variation would be to bake in 9 x 1 1/2 inch pans and frost with either cream cheese or 7-minute frosting.

This information is just a small portion of the information available on one of our most renowned presidents, and I hope it leads you to research and read more about Abraham Lincoln.

Happy Lincoln’s Birthday!

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