Strawberry Cream Pie

Cream pies were once standard fare in the American kitchen. The varieties of cream pies were endless. The popular banana cream and coconut cream pies are still commonly found wherever you can find a cafe or diner with a pie case. Count me a fan. I like the plain vanilla cream with its variations, and…
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Bavarian Cream

A friend of mine recently went to Italy and took a cooking class. She told me about a dessert they made in the class called “Crema Baverese”. That sounded a lot like a dessert I keep coming across in cookbooks from the 1940;s and ’50’s- “Bavarian Creme”. Indeed, it is the same dessert, which apparently…
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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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