Berry Basket Cake

I found myself at the height of strawberry season without any cream in the house. My 12 year-old daughter wanted to make a strawberry dessert, so I handed her Betty Crocker’s 1950 “Picture Cook Book” edition to find something that didn’t require cream. She discovered the “Berry Basket Cake”. The result was a pretty dessert…
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Hot Milk Sponge Cake

The only thing that this cake needs is a new name. “Hot Milk Sponge Cake” doesn’t exactly say “I’m delicious!”. I had actually heard of this cake years ago when a co-worker mentioned that she had to make it for her husband’s birthday every year because growing up in his family this cake was “birthday…
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Whipped Cream

Shh, don’t tell any of the ladies in my church guild, but I despise “whipped topping”. I haven’t mentioned this aversion since I moved here 12 years ago because I feel it may be another mark against me. Cool Whip seems to be a freezer staple around here. A few times friends have asked to…
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Jelly Roll

Time and Effort: Quick and Easy! History: This is from a 1944 cookbook entitled “Home Baking Made Easy”. Jelly roll cakes were featured in cookbooks in the 1800’s. Worth Adding to your Repertoire: We recommend it! One of the things that I love about old cook books is the way they elevate cooking and housekeeping…
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Walnut Meringue Torte

Time and Effort: 40 minutes of preparation, 1 hour of baking. This recipe involves 3 separate parts, so it’s fairly time consuming, but nothing is particularly difficult. History: This recipe is from the 1947 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Worth adding to Your Recipe Repertoire: A resounding yes! A torte is…
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