The compleat housewife: or, Accomplish'd gentlewoman's companion: being a collection of several hundred of the most approved receipts, in cookery, pastry, confectionary, preserving, pickles, cakes, creams, jellies, made wines, cordials. And also bills of fare for every month in the year. : To which is added, a collection of near two hundred family receipts of medicines; viz. drinks, syrups, salves, ointments, and many other things of sovereign and approved efficacy in most distempers, pains, aches, wounds, sores, &c. never before made publick in these parts; fit either for private families, or such publick-spirited gentlewomen as would be beneficent to their poor neighbors.
Smith, E. (Eliza), d. ca. 1732.

To make Portugal Cakes.

TAKE a Pound and Quarter of fine Flour well dried, and break a Pound of Butter into the Flour and rub it in, add a Pound of Loaf Sugar beaten and sifted, a Nut|meg grated, four perfumed Plumbs, or some Ambergrease, mix these well together, and beat seven Eggs, but four Whites, with three Spoonfuls of Orange flower Water; mix all these together, and beat them up an Hour; but|ter your little Pans, and just as they are going into the Oven, fill them half full, and search some fine Sugar over them; little more than a Quarter of an Hour will bake them. You may put a Handful of Currants into some of them; take them out of the Pans as soon as they are drawn, keep them dry, they will keep good three Months.