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Doughnuts

May
26

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 4 1/2 cups
Baking powder, 4 1/2 teaspoons
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon
Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon
Shortening, 2 tablespoons
Sugar, 1 cup
Eggs, 2 or egg yolks, 4
Milk, 1 cup

Sift the flour; measure; add the baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon; sift again.

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs or egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Add milk and flour mixture alternately, stirring until blended. Chill 1/2 hour.

Roll out on lightly floured board about 1/4 inch thick; cut with floured doughnut cutter and let stand uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes.

Drop into deep fat (365 to 375 F.) and fry 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown, turning the doughnuts as they rise to the surface; drain on absorbent paper. Fry only a few doughnuts at a time.

Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if desired, or shake in a paper bag containing confectioners’ or powdered sugar. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen doughnuts.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Waffles

May
19

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 2 cups
Baking powder, 3 teaspoons
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Sugar, 2 tablespoons
Eggs, 2
Milk, 1 1/2 cups
Shortening, melted, or salad oil, 6 tablespoons

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, salt and sugar; sift again.

Beat egg yolks; add milk and melted shortening; pour into flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites which have been beaten until stiff but not dry.

Bake 4 to 5 minutes in a moderately hot waffle baker.

Serve hot with melted butter and sirup, honey or any other desired accompaniment.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Pancakes

May
12

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 1 1/2 cups
Baking powder, 2 1/2 teaspoons
Salt, 3/4 teaspoon
Sugar, 3 tablespoons
Egg, well beaten, 1
Milk, about 1 1/4 cups
Shortening, melted, 3 tablespoons

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, salt and sugar; sift again.

Combine egg, milk and melted shortening (slightly cooled); the amount of milk to use will depend upon thickness of pancakes desired; 3/4 cup milk will give thick cakes, 1 1/4 cups milk will make them quite thin. Pour into flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Do not beat.

Bake on a hot griddle. Serve hot with butter and sirup, honey or sweet preserves. Makes 1 to 1 1/2 dozen cakes.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Yorkshire Pudding

May
05

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Yorkshire pudding is used as an accompaniment for roast beef. The meat should be removed from the oven before the pudding is baked since the latter requires a much higher baking temperature; or use another oven.

All-purpose flour, 1 cup
Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Eggs, 2
Milk, 1 cup
Drippings from the roast beef, 4 tablespoons

Sift flour; measure; add salt and sift again.

Beat eggs with a rotary beater until light and thick. Add flour and 1/3 cup of the milk; continue to beat slowly until all the flour is moistened — about 30 seconds.

Gradually add remaining milk, beating until the mixture is free from lumps — 1 to 2 minutes.

Put drippings into a pan (7 1/2 by 12 by 2 inches). Pour in the batter and bake in a hot oven (425 F.) 40 to 45 minutes. Serves at once. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Popovers: Add 1 tablespoon of melted shortening with the final addition of milk. Fill greased custard cups or iron muffin pans a little less than half full. Bake in a hot oven (425 F.) about 40 minutes. Serve at once. Makes 6 to 8 large popovers.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Quick Coffee Cake

Apr
28

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 1 1/2 cups
Baking powder, 2 teaspoons
Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Shortening, 3 tablespoons
Sugar, 1/3 cup
Egg, 1
Milk, 2/3 cup

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder and salt; sift again.

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well; add milk. Add sifted flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Do not beat.

Turn into a greased square pan (8 by 8 by 2 inches) and bake in a hot oven ( 425 F.) 25 minutes. (If Streusel or crunchy topping is going to be used on this, first read directions given below.)

Cut into squares; serve as a hot bread, with butter, or as a simple cake.

Streusel Topping: Cream together 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy; add 3/4 cup dry bread or cake crumbs and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; mix to consistency of coarse crumbs and sprinkle over batter before baking.

Crunchy Topping: Combine 1/4 cup melted butter with 2/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring; fold in 1 1/2 cups corn flakes. Spread over cake batter before baking.

Nut Topping: Spread the baked cake while still warm with confectioners’ frosting; sprinkle with 1/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Hush Puppies

Apr
21

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Cornmeal, regular or stone ground, 1 cup
Flour, enriched all-purpose, 1/2 cup
Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Salad oil, bacon fat or melted shortening, 2 tablespoons
Egg, beaten, 1
Water, 1/2 cup
Salad oil or fat for frying, 2 tablespoons

Measure cornmeal and flour; add baking powder and salt and sift into mixing bowl. Add salad oil, bacon fat or melted shortening, egg and water.

Meanwhile heat fat for frying in skillet over moderate heat. Drop in the thick batter by spoonfuls from side of spoon to make an oblong patty. Cook to a crisp golden brown, turn; press down with spatula to flatten slightly and brown.

Drain on absorbent paper. Makes 12 hush puppies about 3 1/2 inches long.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Corn Bread

Apr
14

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 1 cup
Baking powder, 3 1/2 teaspoons
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Sugar, 3 tablespoons
Corn meal, yellow, 1 cup
Egg, slightly beaten, 1
Milk, 1 cup
Shortening, melted, 1/4 cup

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, salt and sugar; sift again and add corn meal; mix thoroughly.

Combine egg, milk and melted shortening (slightly cooled); pour into flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Do not beat.

Turn into a greased square pan (8 by 8 by 2 inches) and bake in a hot oven (425 F.) about 40 minutes.

Cut into squares and serve hot.

Bacon Breakfast Bread: Add 1/2 cup crisp coarsely chopped cooked bacon to sifted flour mixture.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Banana Bread

Apr
07

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 1 3/4 cups
Baking powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons
Baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon
Salt, 3/4 teaspoon
Shortening, 1/3 cup
Sugar, 2/3 cup
Eggs, slightly beaten, 2
Bananas, mashed, 1 cup (2 to 3 bananas)

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, soda and salt; sift again.

Cream shortening; add sugar gradually; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix until smooth.

Add dry ingredients alternately with the mashed banana, stirring just enough to combine thoroughly. Do not beat.

Turn into a greased loaf pan (about 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches) and bake in a moderate oven (350 F.) about 1 hour.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Plain Muffins

Mar
31

This recipe is transcribed from one of my Grandmother’s old cook books, given to her by her mother. I’ve written it down here as a way to preserve it, and also because I strongly believe that some dishes are best in their simplest form. When learning to cook anything new, I like to begin with the traditional method before experimenting with my own take on things. All ingredients and instructions are as written in the original text.


Flour, 2 cups
Baking powder, 3 teaspoons
Salt, 3/4 teaspoon
Sugar, 2 tablespoons
Egg, slightly beaten, 1
Milk, 1 cup
Shortening, melted, 2 to 4 tablespoons

Sift flour; measure; add baking powder, salt and sugar; sift again.

Combine egg, milk and melted shortening (slightly cooled); pour into flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Do not beat.

Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full and bake in a hot oven (400 F.) 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 to 15 medium-sized muffins.

Cake Method (One-Bowl Method): For a finer-grained cakelike texture in muffins use unmelted shortening; cream the shortening, add sugar gradually; continue beating until light and fluffy. Add unbeaten egg and beat well; stir in milk. Add flour which has been sifted with baking powder and salt; proceed as directed above.

 


Kirk, Dorothy, ed. Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1953. Print.

Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese

Mar
27

We were at Trail Estate Winery this past weekend for Maple in the County serving up some Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese. We sold out much faster than anticipated, so here’s the recipe to try it out yourself at home. We used a maple goat cheddar from Fifth Town Artisanal Cheese made with Fosterholm maple syrup, but any white cheddar will work. Choose a short pasta with deep ridges or grooves, so the sauce has something to cling on to. Rotini, fusilli, and cavatappi are all good. If you use penne or rigatoni, make sure they have ridges as some varieties are smooth. We used radiatore and I think it’s become my favourite shape!

Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese

Yields 10 8 oz. portions

  • 1 L whole milk
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 package bacon (about 250-300 g)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 400 g white cheddar, grated
  • 450 g dried pasta
  • Salt to taste
  1. Bring milk to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently and making sure the bottom doesn’t burn. Add onion, bay leaf, clove, and nutmeg. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  2. While the milk is simmering, dice bacon into small pieces. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat, removing the liquid fat as it renders. Save fat in a bowl or jar. Remove bacon from skillet when it starts to get crispy.
  3. Return bacon fat to the skillet and add flour. Use a whisk to incorporate the flour and fat into a roux (a paste used to thicken liquids into a sauce). Cook until the flour turns light brown, being careful not to let it burn.
  4. Strain onion, bay leaf, and clove out of the milk. Using a ladle, add a small amount of milk to the skillet with the roux. Whisk together until smooth. Continue adding milk ladle by ladle, whisking after each addition until smooth. You can start to add the milk faster and in larger portions after about half the milk has been whisked into the roux.
  5. Add grated cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Cook pasta to al dente texture (firm in the middle). Strain and return to pot. Add cooked bacon and cheese sauce to pasta and stir to combine. Season with salt and serve warm.