Monday, October 19, 2009

Spicy Apple Bread

Finally got this bread baked, Friday Nov.9. For me I like this bread but next time maybe add a little thin spread of apple butter on each slice. The bread is not too sweet, so for those who enjoy less sugar, this bread is for you! The family did enjoy it, yeah! Another recipe to make again sometime. It is a good autumn bread. Again this is not one recipe I remember my mom making up, maybe after I left the household to be on my own.

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup C and H dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs, unbeaten
1 cup grated raw apple ( about 2)
1/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Sift together first seven ingredients; set aside. In mixing bowl combine shortening, sugar, and eggs; beat well. Stir in apple and about half of sifted dry ingredients. Add buttermilk and blend. Add rest of flour mixture and stir just until well mixed. Blend in nuts. Pour into greased 9x5x3" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes, or until done when tested. Cool on rack. This bread slices best after cooling for several hours or overnight.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Banana Cake

This recipe is from C & H company, and I have baked it many times. I was surprised to find the recipe in my mom's box as well. I recently made this for my birthday and used a maple frosting instead of the usual cream cheese one. Very moist cake.

Banana Cake
1 1/4 cups C&H Granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream together sugar, butter and nutmeg until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Beat into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in nuts. Spread batter in greased 13x9 inch pan. Bake in 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
The cake with the cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting: 4 cups C & H Powdered Sugar; 3 tablespoons milk; 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened; 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened; 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.

1 cake-12 servings

The orginial paper cut from a C&H sugar bag:
I think this recipe came out around 1969, as that is when I really started collecting recipes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

English Apple Crumb Cake

English Apple Crumb Cake

8 large apples

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups sugar*

Slice apples into buttered pan and add the above mixture.

Then mix together:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

And pour this mixture over first mixture – pack closely – bake 20 minutes at 375˚F - then 30 minutes at 300˚F. Use a 8x13” pan.

*Things I changed:

I only added 1 cup sugar, instead of two cups

Also only used ½ cup butter instead of 1 cup, in the crumb mixture.*

This is a hand written recipe to my mom- Mrs. Utterback 100119 Jersey, when we lived in Santa Fe Springs, CA, around 1956-59. She must have used this recipe a lot as it has been folded often enough to be torn and has oil marks. Can't read the correct name of this recipe so I added crumb cake, as that is what it reminds me of when I baked it. Not quite a cake or coffeecake. I too will be making this more often, as it was delicious!!! My mom must of made this only for PTA or other people, I don't remember tasting it.

The original recipe:

Monday, October 12, 2009

About This Blog

I will be starting this blog about recipes that are in my mother's old recipe file box. As you can see there are quite a few, so this will take me one or two years, (maybe longer) to complete. I will try and add the original recipe plus a picture as I bake or cook the recipes up.
I am putting all the recipes on the blog for my family and others to see and print off for their families. Also printing these for me and putting in a regular 8 1/2" x 11" type notebook. I am putting the original recipes on acid-free card stock, hopefully to last longer.
The top picture is of the file box and the block of wood is a cheese cutter board, that my father made for me and I have passed it on to my oldest daughter. The recipe box is over 50 years old and all of us, children and grandchildren remember this box in my parents kitchen through the years. My niece was here this past weekend and was smelling the papers in the box and said, they smell like granny's kitchen. I also received this box from my sister, so that I could get this project going. Hope you all enjoyed it and help me to keep motivated to finish this. The hard part will be to buy the ingredients to get them all made, this is why it will take a while to finish. Hopefully I can do it!