When I was in my 20's and trying to find the perfect gift for my mother one year for Christmas - I had the brilliant idea of "Salvaging" her cookbook. It was a 1956 (or so) edition of the Betty Crocker cookbook. She had received it for a wedding gift and used it almost everyday for one thing or another. The pages looked like they had been loved for too many years and I was going to fix it for the perfect gift. I bought a bazillion page protectors and a binder and got to work. By the time I had inserted every page into that binder it was 3 times the original size and did not possess quite the nostalgia. My mother, being the incredibly sweet person she is, thanked me profusely and convinced me it was the best gift she could have ever gotten. The next year Betty Crocker published the original 1950's cookbook - and as a surprise I put that under the tree for my mother. When Christmas day arrived we both had a chuckle as she had purchased the same gift for me! Ah - great minds think alike!
This is a picture of my copy which I refer to all the time.
I always get a chuckle at the pictures inside. This is the Appetizer section and this....
is the picture of the salad section. Everything looks plastic - like it should be under the glass of an old cafe with dust all over it. Although the pictures are quite dated the recipes are timeless. Everything is from scratch and just good, old, home cooking. This is the coffee cake my mother always made from her famous recipe book. Tasted just as good today as I remember it. Thanks mom and Betty Crocker!
Prize Coffee Cake
3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup soft shortening 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cups sifted gold medal flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp salt
Mix together the sugar, butter and egg. Stir in the milk and flour mixture (flour, baking powder, salt). Spread batter in greased and floured 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle with desired topping. Bake until wooden pick thrust into center of cake comes out clean. Serve warm, fresh from the oven.
1/2 cup brown sugar 2 Tablespoons flour 2 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Bake at 375 for 25 to 35 minutes!
Tastes just like mom used to make!
* For an orange variation of this coffee cake follow the recipe above - except use orange juice for half of the milk, and add 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange rind. Sprinkle top with Crumb Mixture, given above, adding to it 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange rind.