Brown Sugar Cake

These old typed recipe cards were not typed in purple ink. Over the years, the black ink has been damaged by the acids in the paper it was typed onto, and faded to this interesting eggplant purple color. You can tell it was typed on a manual typewriter (as if anything else existed for the … Continue reading

Golden Layer Cake

A lovely and simple recipe for a golden layer cake. Notice that all of the ingredients are white, except the eggs. The use of shortening in place of butter helps to preserve the lovely, pale color of the cake. If you used egg whites only, you could produce a lovely white cake. Where there is … Continue reading

Salmon Loaf

This particular recipe seems like you could use canned salmon if you don’t have cooked salmon available, or fresh to cook. Of course, if you have fresh salmon to cook, why would you then turn it into a loaf? Just eat it! However, this might be made with leftover or the like. The use of … Continue reading

Pineapple Icebox Cake

From South Milwaukee, here’s a recipe for Pineapple Icebox Cake. It isn’t technically a cake, more like a blancmange or a panna cotta. Both of these dishes are molded gelatin desserts, though a blancmange can also be made with corn starch instead of gelatin. It’s definitely a 20th century dessert, not something I personally would … Continue reading

Sour Cream and Buttermilk Doughnuts

This little clipping features a wonderful name – Wrangofske. I could not resist a little research to see if I could find out who Mrs Paul Wrangofske was. As it turns out, she has her own wonderful name: Hedwig. It seems she went by her nickname, Hattie. There wasn’t a whole lot about her, except … Continue reading

Economy Pudding

As we learned some time ago, pudding isn’t always creamy and cake & pie were sometimes interchangeable in “the olden days.” This is an instance of a pudding that will be more like a cake. It’s likely similar to “figgy pudding” as referenced in Christmas carols, and may remind some people of bread pudding with … Continue reading

Cherry Torte

As we learned previously, a torte is a pretty layer cake. This one sounds like a lovely layer cake with a zwieback crust, a layer of cherries and then a creamy topping. You could sprinkle the top with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for a gorgeous finish. Cherry Torte 1 1/2 cups zwieback crumbs 2 … Continue reading