An Observation

When we first married, starting our family, we bought a crèche from Woolworth’s — a basic set with the family and a crude stable. For ten or so years after, we could buy individual figures to add — more shepherds, camels, sheep, dogs, the three wise men, angels, and so forth. There were many choices, many displays…

Baked Alaska

Sponge cake (any recipe will do) 4 egg whites ⅛ t cream of tartar ½ c sugar 1 qt ice cream, frozen hard Preheat the oven to 450°. Choose a board that will fit into your oven, wet it on both sides, then shake off excess water. Put a piece of brown paper on top…

Steamed Chocolate Pudding

1½ oz unsweetened chocolate 3 T butter ½ c sugar 1 egg ⅓ c milk ½ t vanilla 1 c flour 1½ t baking powder ¼ t salt Melt chocolate and butter over hot water. Stir in sugar and egg. Beat until smooth. Add milk and vanilla. In small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda,…

Chocolate Mousse

½ c semi-sweet chocolate pieces 1 t vanilla 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten 3 egg whites, beaten stiff Melt chocolate over hot water, remove from heat, and gradually beat in egg yolks, blending well. Add vanilla. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gently fold into chocolate mixture. Turn into small custard cups. Chill one hour.

Molasses Popcorn Balls

3 qt popped corn 1 c molasses 1 c corn syrup 1 t mild vinegar 3 T butter ½ t salt Cook to 270° (hard crack stage) molasses, corn syrup, and vinegar. Stir in butter and salt. Pour the syrup slowly over the popcorn and stir with wooden spoon to coat each kernel. Butter your…

Philemon’s Pecan Pie

½ c sugar ½ c light brown sugar 3½ T soft butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 c light corn syrup ½ t salt 1 t vanilla 1 T cream 1 c broken pecans unbaked pie shell, 8-9″ Cream sugars and butter. Add eggs and mix. Add other ingredients and blend. Pour into shell. Bake…

Hot Mulled Cider

Hot Mulled Cider I Heat together gently: 1 qt hard cider, rind of one lemon, 3 T honey, ½ t cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. When hot (not boiling), add 6 slices unpeeled orange w/ clove in each. Hot Mulled Cider II 1 qt apple cider, 2 whole cloves, 2 whole allspice, 1 cinnamon…

Peanut Butter Cookies w/ Kisses

½ c butter ½ c sugar ½ c brown sugar 1 t vanilla 1 egg 1¾ c flour 1 t baking soda ½ t salt ½ c peanut butter Chocolate kisses Cream butter and sugars; beat in vanilla and egg. Add mixed flour, soda, salt; mix thoroughly. Add peanut butter. Shape into small balls and…

Cinnamon Disks

1¼ c flour 1 t baking powder ¼ t salt ½ c soft margarine 1 c sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 t vanilla ½ c finely chopped nuts 2 t cinnamon Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until creamy, margarine, egg, sugar, vanilla. Add flour mixture. Chill until easy to handle. Shape dough into…

Sugar Crumb Coffee Cake

1¼ c sifted flour 1¼ t baking powder 3 T shortening ⅔ c sugar 1 egg, unbeaten 5 T milk Topping 1½ T butter 4 T flour 2 T confectioners sugar dash of salt ½ t cinnamon ½–1 c chopped nuts ¼ t vanilla Stir flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt; resift. Cream…