Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vintage Recipe Meme

It's a meme Thursday! I haven't done a meme in ages and I miss them! So I found one at Joy of Desserts (isn't that a scrumptious blog name?) and am playing along! Today's meme is vintage recipes!

Evidently this is meant to preserve family recipes, or out of print recipes, for future generations. Which is exciting, since just this spring I copied out scads of my grandmother's recipes, many of them from her mother and aunts. Which to choose? I'll dig around in my bag of tricks and look for one which may work at our Thanksgiving table ...

Oo! I think I'll post two of my grandmother's favorites!

Rolls are a Thanksgiving staple, right? Mamia says that Eugie's Icebox Rolls are the best!


Ice Box Rolls – Eugie

1 yeast cake

1 pint milk (2 c.)

½ c. shortening

½ c. sugar

½ T. salt

Flour (7-8 cups – firm dough)

Scald half of milk. Add to milk 1 c. cold water and milk. In this dissolve yeast cake and sugar. Add shortening. Sift salt with flour. Stir into liquid. Knead until firm. Put into greased bowl and put in ice box. Next A.M. make rolls – let stand 2 hrs. before baking at 425 F. for 20-25 minutes.

She also tells me that the Kentucky Pecan Cake is to die for. I'll just bet it is.


Kentucky Pecan Cake – Aunt Rene

3 ½ c. all purpose flour

4 t. baking powder

¾ t. salt

1 c. butter

2 c. sugar

6 eggs, well beaten

1 c. bourbon

4 c. pecan halves

½ c. more flour sifted

Sift 1st three ingredients together. Set aside. Cream butter. Add sugar gradually and beat till fluffy. Add eggs, beat well.. Add flour mixture alternately with bourbon. Dredge nuts in remaining flour. Fold into batter. Turn into greased and floured 3 qt. pan or ring mold. Bake at 325 about 1 ¾ to 2 hrs till center top springs back when touched. Cool pan ten minutes. Turn out on wire rack to finish cooling. Frost with lemon frosting.

Lemon Frosting

1 c. sifted confectioners sugar

1 T. lemon juice

1 T. bourbon

Beat all ingredients together. Dribble over top and down sides of cake.


Oh now see. Two just isn't enough. We need more. I'd give you her gumbo recipe, but that isn't necessarily a Thanksgiving thing. Hmm. Dilemma. Dilemma. How about an appetizer from the governor's wife? Mamia says it's delish!

Party Shrimp – Blanche Long (governor’s wife – in her own hand)

Melt ½ lb. Velveeta cheese spread in top of double boiler. Gradually add 1/3 c. milk, stirring until smooth. Saute’ 1 ½ T. chopped onion and ½ c. green pepper in ¼ c. Parkay (I use butter). Add 2 cups cooked shrimp amd 2 T. chopped pimento. Cook until shrimp is hot. For each serving, cover 2 toast triangles with shrimp mixture; top with hot Velveeta cheese sauce.

(I use 3 toast triangles)

So there ya have it! Feel free to play along! Let me know if you post any vintage recipes - I'll want to copy them and try them out!

Until I write again ...



Trisha said...

Hmmmmm . . . they all sound tasty to me!

Mental P Mama said...

Those recipes are always the best! I have to go find some....great idea! I wonder if you could use rum in that Kentucky cake. Probably not. It wouldn't be a Kentucky cake without bourbon. I'm hungry.

Daryl said...

If only I cooked/baked ...

CanadianMama said...

Oh these all look so yummy! I'm making that cake fore sure!! I've got a great vintage recipe - I'm doing it too!!

Cheryl Barker said...

I posted my grandma's vintage recipe for homemade rolls a couple of Thanksgivings ago. They are wonderful. Wonder whose gma's rolls are the best? :)

Here's my recipe:

judi/Gmj said...

they all sound wonderful...
I'd need a nap after a slice of that cake, but wait, if I made it for Thanksgiving.. would cancel out the effects of Turkey...? :)