Elinor Ostrom's Date Crumb Cake
Included in the Elinor Ostrom Collection at Indiana University's Lilly Library was a recipe for a date crumb cake. It was in a file that contained, among other items, logs of summer writing retreats on Manitoulin Island and the itinerary for her 2007 trip to Uppsala University in Sweden to receive an honorary doctorate and to be the first recipient of the Linnaeus Medal.
Following is a transcription of the page from the collection that included the date crumb cake recipe.
Date Crumb Cake
Thought Goulters were coming & had no dessert so put together the following from misc. recipes.
2 cups pancake mix
1/4 cup oil
2 t. baking powder
1/2 can of date filling
3/4 cup sugar???
1/2 cup milk???
mixed all together - put in square pan
1/2 cup granola
1/4 cup oil
handful - good amount coconut
1/2 or so of brown sugar
Mix & put on cake before baking
Bake at 375 35-45 minutes
Elinor Ostrom's Date Crumb Cake was prepared by the Indiana Memorial Union's Sugar & Spice bakeshop and served to guests at the opening of the Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives exhibition at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on January 31, 2014.