Seven Minute Frosting
Better Homes and Gardens "New" Cookbook, circa 1957
2 unbeaten egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
or 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup cold water
(can substitute half of the liquid for Maraschino cherry juice)
dash of salt (must use)
1 teaspoon of vanilla (Grandpa always used Watkins!)
Add all ingredients except vanilla to the top half of a double boiler, beat for one minute off the heat while the bottom pot of the double boiler heats up on the stove.
Beat for one minute before placing over the boiling bottom half of the double boiler.
This "ancient" pot has boiled many batches of Seven Minute Frosting and still works like a charm!
Start your timer...
Have your Kindle nearby so you can while the time away easily...
Here's what it looks like at 4 minutes 34 seconds...
Be sure to use the highest setting on your hand mixer.
Seven minutes has passed - time to take off the top half and set it aside to add vanilla.
Adding one teaspoon of vanilla extract (or two)...
"Beat until of spreading consistency."
I believe this means, "Beat for about one minute, or at least as long as you can stand it
without digging in for a taste!"
Hurry! Pour the frosting over your chocolate cake (warm cake right out of the oven works fine for this frosting!)
Hurry before family members come running to stick their fingers in the frosting!
And of course, the cook always must taste test before serving her family!
Ahhhh....there was still enough frosting to mound upon the cake and create heavenly clouds of yummy marshmallowy frosting goodness....yummmmm (sorry, too busy eating right now :-)
I managed to save you a piece, too...