Sunday, January 06, 2008

Easy as Pie!

Good Sunday afternoon! This Christmas one of my friends Diane G. gave me this awesome old cookbook from 1953 called The "New Cook's" Cookbook. I love the first paragraph of the book. "Once upon a time- and not so long ago- it was fashionable for all lovely ladies not to know how to cook or at least pretend not to know. My! How times have changed!
Today a woman can look like a cream confection, but she's got to know how to make one too. Popularity in our modern times, is reserved for those who are good cooks as well as those with good looks!

It's easier than you think to claim your share of that special envy reserved for good cooks. With the way we've worked things out for you on the following pages, you'll be an expert cook in little more time than it takes to roll up your pin curls! If you read our instructions carefully and follow them as faithfully as your best beau follows you, what treasures will be yours to set before your king!

We show you how, and how easy it is, with these tried and tested recipes and electric cooking procedures.
Yours for Success and Popularity!"
How I remember pin curls! LOL
Anyway, I have made a couple of recipes from this book and we really liked the Apple Pie with cheese crust. Delicious!

For Pastry:
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tea. salt
1/2 c. shortening
3/4 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/4 water
Sift together flour and salt. Cut in shortening and cheese until consistency is like coarse crumbs. Add water and mix lightly. Form into a ball. Turn out on floured board and roll 2 crusts each 1/8 inch in thickness. Place one crust in pie pan.
For filling:
3 1/2. cups peeled, sliced, fresh apples
4 tbls. flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tea. cinnamon
1 tbls. butter
Combine flour and sugar and spread about half of this mixture over crust in pie pal. add the sliced apples. sprinkle remaining flour sugar mixture over them. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add butter in small bits. Moisten edge on bottom crust with water and palce top crust over filling and seal edges by crimping with fork. Bake in preheated electric oven att 400 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

This turned out really well and was very easy to do. The only thing that would have made it any better was if I had some vanilla ice cream to go on top! So today I was very popular and succesful with my family, especially my king, even if I didn't do my hair in pin curls!




Andrea said...

I bet there are some wonderful recipes in that cookbook too. I love old timey country home cooking.

MammyT said...

What a cute "patter". Those were the days! Really. They were. It looks familiar, but it is probably the style of the graphics they used in those days, which I may have glimpsed through the rails of my baby crib, oh yes. ;) love it. My favorite historical era.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

A book from 1953? Neat, before I was born... makes me feel young. Recipes from then were so nice and easy and with simple ingredients. Wonderful gift.
The apple pie looks sooooooooo yummy!!
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Libby said...

Those vintage cookbooks are such fun to go through - especially when you find a yummy new recipe *s*

Persuaded said...

My Grampa used to say "apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze"

He would have loved that pie!

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Simple Family Supper lady said...

I LOVE old cookbooks! Thanks for sharing this!