10/22/12

Food from books: Harriet's cake and milk


"It was time for her cake and milk. Every day at three-forty she had cake and milk. Harriet loved doing everything every day in the same way."

——Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh

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I loved Harriet the Spy when I was growing up. I re-read it this year (and also The Long Secret and Sport) and I still love Harriet. It was Harriet who convinced me to try tomato sandwiches when I was a kid. It's also thanks to her that I became a "spy" for a time. Harriet fed my love of reading and writing.

I came across this recipe for hot milk cake, and it's exactly what I picture Harriet eating after school every day. I think Harriet is a plain cake sort of girl, but I couldn't resist putting this hazelnut buttercream on top.

Have you read Harriet the Spy? Did Harriet influence your childhood? Do you think she would prefer her cake with frosting or without?

3 comments:

  1. I haven't read the book..
    The butternut cream frosting sounds like a great idea.. yummy

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  2. Your post induced me to bring the book home from the library. What a gem. I love Harriet's notes. All this about fatness and creepy body parts. How did Fitzhugh manage to successfully peddle her manuscript? I can't imagine a publisher touching it with a ten-foot pole, these days.

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    1. The sequel, The Long Secret, pushed the envelope quite a lot in its day, because girls talk about getting their periods. I love them both, but I loved Harriet the Spy best when I was a girl. And re-reading as an adult, I'm just glad that Harriet is not my child.

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