June 07, 2007

Grandma's Spice Sauce

My grandma spent her youth as a professional musician in the Weber Junior Orchestra touring the US and Canada. Here she is, leftmost in the front row with her mandolin:

Grandma, who I loved dearly, wasn't the greatest cook, but she tried hard and had some tried-and-true recipes. Grandpa had paid for cooking lessons when they married. She used to make Spice Sauce to drizzle over pie, cobbler, and ice cream (not all at the same time, usually!). My sister recently asked if I had the recipe, since I am Keeper of Grandma's Recipe Box. The wooden box is labeled inside with her maiden name and "From Elgie 1919." It appears that my grandpa knew what grandma's cooking skills were like going in. LOL

Anyway, I found the recipe. It was actually in my handwriting; some time in my youth I noticed her card was way beat up and copied it over for her and made another for me at the same time.

Grandma's Spice Sauce

Blend in a small saucepan:

2 T flour
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3 T sugar
1 1/2 c hot water

Cook slowly, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in until melted:

1 T butter or margarine

Serve hot over pie, ice cream, cobbler, or anything else you fancy.

I was telling Louise about it today, and she mentioned making a similar sauce but with lemon juice and rind to put on gingerbread. A little googling later, I found these two Mrs Beaton traditional recipes. I wonder how they'd be over berries?

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