08-25

Cream of Pea Soup
Toasted Triangles
Cold Sliced Corned Beef
Baked Potatoes, Hotel Style
Devilled Tomatoes
Milk Sherbet
*Berwick Sponge Cake

In 1914 August 25 was a Tuesday.

Berwick Sponge Cake was famous in New England. The Boston and Maine Railway stopped in North Berwick and passengers flocked to a nearby restaurant where Mary Ann Briggs had invented and sold this cake. The 11-year-old Kate Douglas Wiggin (later the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) remembered seeing Charles Dickens offered a piece of Berwick sponge cake at the station. After the restaurant closed, the recipe was sold to a Boston bakery. The New England Historical Society has more about the cake.

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