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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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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