I’m really not sure that Martha Washington could bake this cake with this name, but it’s quite good – moist and chocolate. I made a layer of Swedish lingonberry preserves (from IKEA) and poured homemade sour cream chocolate glaze on top. Recipe adapted from Baker’s Book of Chocolate Riches, Gourmet.org.
This dish, known throughout Georgia and much of the southern United States, dates to the early 1800s. There are several versions of its origin. One story says that it was introduced to Savannah by the captain of a vessel that plied the spice route from India. Another tale says that it’s named for the native non-commissioned officers in India – “Country Captains.”
A known fact is that it was the favorite entree of President Franklin Roosevelt, introduced to him by his cook at Warm Springs, Georgia. Recipe and history adapted from here.
Happy Presidents Day!