White Fruit Cake

This sounds a bit like a sponge cake with the large amount of egg whites, and a bit like a fruit cake with the citron, pineapple and candied cherries. In contrast to winter fruit cakes, this recipe calls for no cinnamon, nutmeg or clove. It also uses the egg whites and baking powder for a … Continue reading

Prune Pudding

Modern day prunes have a bad rap, but in history a prune was just a type of plum. There are different types of plums, and one thing that differentiates them is how easily the stone or pit comes out. Prunes are freestone, meaning their stone comes out easily, whereas most plums available in the grocer’s … Continue reading

Grape Juice

Such neat handwriting! It reminds me of the illustrations of how cursive letters are supposed to be formed. But I digress….grape juice! I loved it as a kid and remember that cute little girl? If you ever wondered how to make grape juice, it’s pretty easy apparently. I cross checked some other sources and this … Continue reading

Dates Cake

Perhaps a cake for your dates? I think that’s just a mistake, but she called it Dates Cake so I will too! I will cobble together a method under the ingredients. Keep in mind this has no oven temperature or cook time, so it’s just a guess. Dates Cake 1 pkg dates 1 cup water … Continue reading

Radio Prize Recipes

Before there was television, we had radio. Beginning in the 1920s, commercial radio programming became more available and radios were listed in department stores and catalogs as the latest “must have” appliance. Starting at around $60, a household could have a radio that would last them for many years. Keep in mind, $60 in 1920 … Continue reading

Orange Blossom Cake

Our patroness – Irene Bartz, who attended the Girl’s Trade School in 1938 or so – was a prodigious recipe collector. I spent a couple days scanning the entire book due to its increasing fragility. Each time I handled it, another piece seemed to fall off. So, I made the decision to scan everything and … Continue reading

Heavenly Food Cake

I have heard Angel Food Cake called the opposite of Devil’s Food Cake – one is light and airy, the other dark and rich – but I have never heard of Heavenly Food Cake. Google thinks this should be a recipe for Angel Cake, so I’m guessing this is a new one for most of … Continue reading