Saturday, June 15, 2013

Chocolate chip scones

A very simple recipe for Scones- and these can be done sort of free form shape or pressed in a scone pan if you prefer-
preheat oven to 375
Mix together 1 1/2 cups flour -you will need a bit more than this but start out with this amount
2 tsp baking powder
tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar -I have successfully used both white or icing sugar depending what I had in the house
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Mix that all together, making sure the chocolate chips are coated.
Then add 
1 Cup Whipping cream.(not whipped cream. But the liquid kind) Stir together, and if you feel it is too sticky to knead a bit with your hands then add a bit more flour (but no more than 1/4 cup)
Brush across the tops with another 1 tbsp of whipping cream, and if you wish add some crushed peppermint.
Knead it together and then either roll it out and cut it into shapes,  or be lazy like me and blob it apart and  shape how you wish.  Bake for 15-20 minutes. Don't let them overcook or they aren't as nice\
I don't usually add the peppermint, and I always use milk chocolate chips. It makes a difference.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Canning Apples

 Canning Apples       

From Canadian countryman

Quarter the apples then pack in the sealers. Cover with a syrup made of 1 cup granulated sugar and two cups of water, in which is boiled a little stick cinnamon. Adjust the tops, seal almost-tight. Sterilize two hours and seal tight. The sealers will not be full when down. Always use new rubber and spine rings.

This is what my grandmother wrote down, but I'd be inclined to add some other pie type spices-nutmeg, cloves, whatever you like in your apple pie-

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lemon Pie - Wills pie recipe

Lemon Pie 

Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon, two eggs, 8 heaping tablespoons of sugar, 1 teacup milk, 1 teaspoon cornstarch.  Mix the cornstarch with a little milk, put the rest on the stove when boiling stir in the starch, Boil 1 min. Let it cool, then add the yolks of the eggs, four tablespoons of sugar, rind and juice of lemon.Beat it together, Line plate with pastry and fill. Bake slowly 1/2 an hour  Whites and sugar whipped for the top and brown.

I think I'll be trying this one soon!

Crab Apple catsup

Here is an interesting recipe. I'm not 100 percent sure what you would put it on, but we've reached the canning time of the year, so I thought I'd include it for fun. I'm writing it as it's written, although the instructions are a little vague

Crab-apple catsup   -recipe from Mary Lewis.
Peel and slice 2 qts apples. Stew till tender. Little water as possible. Press through a qt apple pulp. Add 2 cup sugar, 2 tsp pepper. 2 cloves or less, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 3 large onions chopped fine. Stir all together, add 2 tablespoons salt or less and vinegar enough to cover. Place over a slow fire. Boil 1 hour. Seal while hot.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Potato chocolate loaf cake

Seems to me like there was a lot of loaves being eaten back in the day.  This recipe is entitled
Potato Loaf Cake   by Mrs Lux USA
2 squares chocolate
2/3 cup of butter or lard
1/2 cup milk or water water
1 1/2 cups mashed potato
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup nuts or raisins
2 cups sugar
2 eggs- 2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of cloves

And again, no actual instructions, but I'm going to go with melt those chocolate squares, blend it all together, slip it into a greased loaf pan, or 8 inch square pan and cook till it looks done!

Orange Cake

I just feel so drained from sickness going around that I feel the need for a fruity recipe of sorts.
Here is one for Orange cake, noted in the margin is Leota- whether that is a name of a friend, or a magazine, I can't really say!

1 Scant Cup white sugar
 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 orange rind, and juice
1/2 cup water
2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of soda
2 Cups Flour
Bake in Layers

that's it. The entire sum of the instructions. If anyone tries it I'd like to know how it turns out. It's way to hot in here to be doing any baking right now that's just for fun.Maybe I'll file this into my "Things to try in the fall " category!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Apple-Cabbage Salad

I'm back to looking through my grandmother's handwritten book. I was looking for something rhubarbesque, but since the book is in no particular order I ended up looking through a lot of interesting recipes and decided to post this one instead. 

It sounds to me like coleslaw with apples in it, but since I've never made coleslaw I can't really confirm that. In my Grandmother's book it's simply called "Salad",  copied from the Family Herald (magazine), but it sounds pretty simple.
Equal quantities of cabbage and apple, chopped, adding sweet cream flavoured to taste with sugar, salt, pepper, a little mustard and a few chopped walnuts added improve the flavour. This make a delicious salad in winter time.