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

Butter Horns (Cold Set)

In the world of butter horn recipes, there is a lot of variation. Some doughs use sour cream, cottage cheese, or just butter. Some have fillings, some don’t. Some chill overnight and bake immediately afterwards, others chill, raise and then bake. I could not find a lot of information on the history of butter horns, … Continue reading

Mountain Snow Puffs

This recipe for mountain snow puffs starts off with a choux base – meaning a cream puff. Next comes a filling of pineapple and coconut. The structure of the recipe is similar to our modern format, but the method reads a bit like your grandma is telling you over the phone what to do. Mountain … Continue reading

Banana Layer Cake

This is another recipe with little information, and does not include a baking temperature or time. I believe this falls back again on a cook’s knowledge. So often I find vintage recipes that don’t include these pieces of information and I think women just knew based on their experience. Of course, modern women are not … Continue reading