Nova Scotia Family Cook Book - summer recipes

August 18, 2020

Nova Scotia Family Cook Book - summer recipes

pound cake with moon mist ice cream.


This summer we baked together. Please enjoy all of our Nova Scotia Museum summer recipes in one place. Remember you can always share your bake #NovaScotiaFamilyCookBook 


Week 1 - Uniacke Estate Museum Park - Lucy bread 

4 cups of flour 

2 cups of sugar 

1 cup of milk 

1 cup of butter 

3-4 eggs 

1 tsp baking soda 

And a little spice 


Week 2 - Prescott House Museum - “Good” Butterscotch Biscuits 


2 cups sifted flour 

4 tsp baking powder 

1/2 tsp salt 

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp butter 

1 egg 

2/3 cup milk 

1/2 cup brown sugar 


Sift and mix dry ingredients. Cut in 2 tbsp butter until crumbly. Combine beaten egg and milk and add to dry ingredients and mix gently. When combined, roll out to 1/3 inch on floured covered surface. Spread with 1/4 cup butter creamed with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Roll like jelly roll, cut in slices one inch thick. Put in greased muffin tins with cut surface up. Sprinkle with brown sugar, dot with butter. Bake in hot oven (400F) for 15 - 20 minutes. 


Week 3 - Prescott House - Mighty Good Squares  

1st: 1/4 cup butter 

1/4 cup shortening (or all butter if desired) 

½ cup brown sugar 

1 cup flour 

2 sq chocolate melted 

Cream together until fluffy and spread in well-greased and floured pan. Bake 4 minutes at 325. Let cool 


2 eggs well beaten 

1 cup brown sugar 

1 tbsp flour 

½ tsp baking powder 

1 cup coconut 

½ cup broken nuts 

Mix well and pour over the first part. Bake 25 minutes. Let cool 


½ cup butter 

1 ½ cups sifted icing sugar. 

Cream well then drop in 1 egg yolk add a scant 1/4 cup boiling water. Mix well and spread on the second mixture 


Melt 2 squares chocolate add 1 tsp butter mix and spread evenly over the top of third part. 

*You can replace the egg yolk, 1/4 cup boiling water with 1/4 cup milk. 

*2 squares of chocolate = 2 oz 


Week 4 - Fisherman's Life Museum - Rhubarb Torte  


1 cup flour 

2 tbsp white sugar 

¼ tsp salt 

½ cup margarine 

Mix ingredients and press into a 9 inch square pan 

Bake at 325F for 25 minutes 


1 1/4 cups white sugar 

½ cup cream 

2 tbsp flour 

3 egg yolks 

2 ¼ cup rhubarb, cut up fine 

Cook ingredients until thick and clear over medium. Pour over base. 


3 egg whites 

½ cup brown sugar 

Beat egg whites with sugar. Place on topping and bake until meringue has browned. 


Week 5 - Highland Village - Oatcakes 

½ cup shortening 

½ cup butter 

½ cup white sugar 

½ tsp salt 

½ tsp baking soda (dissolved in 2 tbsp of hot water) 

1 ½ cups flour 

1 ½ cups rolled oats 

Mix shortening, butter, sugar and salt in mixer. Next add the hot water and soda. Add 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of flour. Mix in the remaining ½ cup flour and ½ cup rolled oats with a wooden spoon. Roll oats out on to a floured surface and cut into squares. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 


Week 6 - Sherbrooke Village - Maid of Honour Cookies 

½ cup shortening 

¾ cup brown sugar 

½ tsp vanilla 

2 eggs 

2 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp salt 

1 ½ cups of flour 


Cream together shortening and brown sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients. Roll into balls & put thumb print in centre. Dot with jam. Bake 350 F. 7-10 minutes 


Week 8 - Prescott House - Strawberry Shortcake 

The Biscuit Recipe 

2 cups all purpose flour 

½ cup shortening 

1 tbsp sugar 

1 beaten egg 

4 tsp baking powder 

¾ cup milk 

½ tsp salt 

Sift together dry ingredients, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg and milk in a measuring cup and beat until mixed. Add this mixture to flour mixture all at once. Stir until dough follows fork around in bowl. The dough will be sticky but manageable. Turn out on a lightly floured board. Knead very lightly, about 15 strokes adding flour as needed. If you knead the dough too much the biscuits will become hard when baked. Roll out to ¾ inch thickness. Cut out with biscuit cutter and let them sit to rise just a bit. Bake at 375 F to 400 F oven until slightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. 

The Strawberries 

Hull and wash one quart of fresh picked strawberries. Leaving whole, mash strawberries with potato masher. Once mashed to desired consistency, stir in ¼ to ½ cup of sugar or to desired taste. If not using immediately strawberries can be frozen. 

Strawberry Shortcake 

Ladle strawberries over a biscuit cut in half. Top with scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Serve with cup of tea and enjoy!  


Week 9 - Black Loyalist’s Heritage Centre - Nan’s Pound Cake 


3 cups flour 

1 tsp baking powder 

½ tsp salt 

1 cup butter 

½ cup shortening 

3 cups sugar 

6 extra large eggs 

1 cup milk 


Stir together flour, salt, and baking powder.  Cream together butter, shortening and sugar.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.  Pour batter into greased tube pan.  Bake at 325F for 1 ½ hours.  Coll in pan for 15 minutes, then cool on rack.  Enjoy….. 


Week 10 - Barrington Woolen Mill - $100.00 Chocolate Cake 

1 cup of sugar 

1 cup of mayonnaise (miracle whip)  

2 cups cake flour  

4 tbsp cocoa  

1 ½ tsp soda  

1 cup cold water  

1 tsp vanilla  

Put everything in a bowl. Mix. Bake 50 min at 350 8” x 12” 

 Aunt Beulah 


Week 11 - North Hills - Quick Gingerbread and Vinegar sauce 

½ cup white sugar 

1 egg  

½ cup butter (scant)  

¼ cup molasses  

½ cup milk  

1 teaspoon soda (baking)  

1 cup bread flour  

½ teaspoon cinnamon  

¼ teaspoon nutmeg  

½ teaspoon ginger 

Add soda to molasses, cream butter. Add sugar, cream again. Beat egg and add to sugar mixture. Then add molasses, milk and dry ingredients. Place in 8”x8” pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with whipped cream or vinegar sauce for dessert. 

Vinegar Sauce  

1 cup brown sugar  

1 cup water  

2 tablespoons flour  

⅓ teaspoon salt  

3 tablespoon vinegar  

Mix together and cook slowly until thick. 



Week 12 - Wile Carding Mill - Rhubarb Jam 

5 cups rhubarb 

4 cups sugar - I only use 2 cups  

1 can crushed pineapple  

Bring to boil - boil 20 mins Stir in 2 Strawberry jello - mix well until all blended. Put in bottles and store in fridge. 


Week 13 - Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic - Blueberry Grunt 

1 quart blueberries 

½ cup water 

½ cup sugar 

2 cups flour 

2 tsp baking powder 

½ tsp salt 

1 tsp sugar 

1 tbsp butter 


Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan and boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter. Add enough milk to form soft dough. Drop spoonfuls into the berry mixture. Cover saucepan and cook for 15 minutes on low. 


Bonus - Ross Farm Museum - Classic Molasses Cookies 


1 lb. Lard melted

2 cups Molasses

2 cups Sugar (Cream together add cool lard)

2 Eggs

2 Heaping teaspoons soda, dissolved in 1/2 cup of hot water.

2 teaspoons Ginger

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1 teaspoons Cloves

1 teaspoons Allspice

1 teaspoons

Salt 8 to 10 cups Flour (Best if left overnight)


Mix dry ingredients into soft mixture forming a dough you can handle. Roll out on floured board cut into cookies and bake 350 degrees approximately 10 minutes.