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September 18, 2023 By: Leslie Cornett
I Made the Cake
Greetings Austins!
I had to write a quick follow-up to my last blog post about Granny's Jam Cake recipe.
Since the recipe was vague, I shared it with my baking friends and spoke with my great-aunt to fill in the gaps in the directions. She remembered the nuts and jam mixed into the batter and caramel frosting on the cake. I asked, but she did not have the frosting recipe.
Armed with this additional information, I began making the cake. I used strawberry jam and walnuts. I chopped the nuts fine. I did not bake it in layers as instructed because I am a rebel. Instead, I baked it in a mini loaf pan. I was looking to get the flavor profile and texture right this time. 
While it was baking, it smelled heavenly. It filled the house with the scent of the holidays. If Christmas had a flavor, it would be this cake! It tasted so good!! It was fluffy, moist, and full of flavor. It brought back memories of Christmases and Thanksgivings past where it felt like this cake should have always been. 
This experience has brought me a feeling of connection to my Austin ancestors I had not felt before. It was like my Granny was hugging from the great beyond with every bite. It was a blessing to have my daughter try it with me. We shared the experience and delighted in the history of the recipe. I told her what I could remember of Granny and the rest of the elders I had the pleasure of meeting in my youth. When she left, she took the recipe to begin the Granny's Jam Cake holiday tradition with her family. We have also agreed to work together to find the caramel icing recipe to complete the cake. 
Amazingly, something so simple as a recipe can make you feel like your ancestors are right beside you, bringing the generations together.
If you make this or any old family recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! I will post the caramel icing recipe once I have it figured out. 
August 5, 2023 By: Leslie Cornett
Granny's Jam Cake Recipe
When I first began looking for recipes to post in this blog, I went to my Austin family first. I began asking around the family and I was having a hard time. I learned that my Austin family is not known for their cooking. It was starting to look like recipes in this branch of the clan are pretty much nonexistent. I was getting a bit stressed about what I was going to do. Then, much to my relief, I received a reply from my Great Aunt Alice Jeffries (parents Walter and Della Austin). As it turns out my Great Granny had a jam cake recipe! She used to make this jam cake on holidays. Aunt Alice said it was hard to come by since Granny never wrote anything down. Turns out she made a lot of things from scratch, but all the recipes were in her memory. I haven't made this recipe yet. As is true with many old recipes, this recipe has very few instructions. I will give it a try, and come back to let you all know how it is. If anyone else gives it a try I would love to know how it turned out and what you thought of it. Without further ado I give you: Granny Austin's Jam Cake Recipe 3 C Flour 5 Eggs 1 C Butter or Margarine 1 C Buttermilk 1 T Soda (the recipe just says T. I am assuming it is a teaspoon) 2 C Sugar Cream all ingredients. Add: 1 C Nuts (any kind) 1 C Raisins 1 C Jam 1-1/2 T Cinnamon 1-1/2 T Cloves 1-1/2 T All Spice 3 Layers. Bake at 375. Test with a toothpick.
July 24, 2023 By: Leslie Cornett
An Austin Introduction
Welcome to the Austin Family Blog. My name is Leslie Cornett. I am the granddaughter of Royce Austin. I am descended from the John and Ann Baden Austin family line out of Albermarle County, Virginia. I am a new member of AFAOA and I am very excited to be here. When I saw the opportunity to contribute to the continued enrichment of the Austin family through this blog, I seized it. 
My Austin family is amazing and I know yours is too. We have a great resource here to not only look back on our history but leave a legacy to our future generations. It is my hope that this blog can be a tool to help us do just that. I will begin adding stories and other tidbits to the blog soon. Please please be on the lookout for new posts highlighting members of the Austin family, the AFAOA, and many other topics that relate to the Austin family as a group.
I look forward to working with others on this blog. I welcome any feedback, suggestions, or comments anyone may have. I am always looking to improve and appreciate your assistance. 
Thank You for Your Time,
July 21, 2023 By: Joy Davis
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