Country Cooking with a Granville Flair: Nanny's Oatmeal Cake

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There were many notable events during the 1930s:

1930 - Pluto is discovered.

1931 - The Empire State Building is completed.

1932 - Air conditioning is invented, and scientists split the atom.

1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is developed, and Prohibition ends.

1934 - The cheeseburger is invented, and Bonnie and Clyde are killed.

1935 - Social Security is enacted, and Monopoly is released by Parker Brothers.

1936 - The Hoover Dam is completed, and "Gone With the Wind" is published.

1937 - Amelia Earhart vanishes, and the Golden Gate Bridge opens.

1938 - Superman first appears in comic books, and the Volkswagen Beetle is produced.

1939 - World War II begins, and "The Wizard of Oz" premieres.

At the start of the 1930s, more than 15 million people were out of work. Most people did not have money to spare - but most did have a radio, and listening to the radio was free. Comedy programs like "Amos & Andy" were popular. Swing music was popular, and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Fletcher Henderson drew large crowds.

During 2016, Historic Granville will celebrate the 1930s. On April 9, Granville will host the Fourth Annual Genealogy Festival, Antique Car Show, the Upper Cumberland Wine Festival and the new 1930s Homestead Exhibit. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit www.granvilletn.com.

Nanny's Oatmeal Cake

1 cup quick cooking oats

2 eggs

½ c. oil

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. white sugar

1 ½ c. plain flour

1 t. soda

½ t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Pour 1 ½ cups boiling water over oats. Stir and let stand while preparing other ingredients. Combine oil, brown sugar and white sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Slowly add flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Add cooled oats. Pour in 9x12-inch greased cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick. Let cool before adding topping.

Topping

½ c. evaporated milk

1 c. brown sugar

1 stick butter

1 t. vanilla

1 can coconut

½ c. chopped pecans

Boil sugar, milk and butter for five minutes. Add vanilla, coconut and nuts. Spread over cake and let cool before serving.

This recipe was submitted by Kathy King Moon in memory of Mrs. Mary Nell Watts. This recipe can be found in the "Historic Recipes of Granville Cookbook."

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