Last month for my assignment as the Vintage Kitchen columnist over at OKRA magazine, I tested an old Alabama recipe for Cardamom Sour Cream Pound Cake with Burnt Sugar Ice Cream.
The recipe came from Sook’s Cookbook, Memories and Traditional Receipts from the Deep South which I came across in a box at an estate sale. The cookbook is a compendium of old recipes from the Faulk family of Monroeville, Alabama. Sook Faulk was Truman Capote’s great aunt and her special fruitcakes are immortalized in Capote’s lovely and sad short story “A Christmas Memory.”
Compiled by Marie Rudisill, Sook’s niece, the recipes date as far back as 1836 in plantation record books. Marie and Truman started work on the cookbook in 1947 but put it aside until 1972 when they collaborated again, mostly by phone.
Marie wrote a great deal about the characters in the Faulk household: the cook, Little Bit; Corrie, the housekeeper and sometime cook; Sem Muscadine, another cook and handyman; and Truman, Aunt Jenny, and Aunt Sook.
The cookbook is a charmer and the pound cake and ice cream recipes were fantastic! I will definitely be making these again. Pop over to OKRA, the digital magazine for the Southern Food and Beverage Institute (SoFAB), and check it out.