Promotional Cook Books and Stretching Your Money

Many food related companies used to give out free cookbooks. These were full of good recipes on how to use their products. I ordered many of them but for some reason got rid of all but one: a Clabber Girl Baking Book from the Jarvis Westbrook General Store in Florien, La.

ImageI am not sure how I came by this little treasure, but I’m glad I kept it. Here are three recipes from that book. They should help you stretch your food budget. The first two don’t even use baking powder but are included to accompany the recipes that do.

Nut Icing

2 egg whites

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 chopped nuts

Beat egg whites until stiff. Add sugar gradually, continuing beating. Add nuts and spread on unbaked cakes. Time for baking – 40 minutes; temperature for baking – 350 degrees F.; amount – makes 2 – 9 inch layers.

Custard Pie

3 cups scalded milk

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup sugar

Bake a 9 inch unpricked pie shell (1/2 recipe for Hot Water Pie Crust). While shell is baking, pour the scalded milk over the slightly beaten eggs, which have been combined with the salt, nutmeg, sugar. When the pie shell has baked 15 minutes, pour the custard mixture into the shell while still in the oven. Reduce the oven heat to 300 degree F. and bake the pie for 25 minutes, or until a silver knife inserted comes out clean. If coconut custard pie is desired, sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded coconut on top of custard before baking.

Hot Water Pie Crust

1/4 cup boiling water

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pour boiling water over the shortening and beat until creamy. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir together. Form into a ball and chill, then roll out to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured board. This recipe makes two 9 inch pie crusts.

For pie shells to be filled later with a previously cooked filling, prick with a fork before baking; then bake pie shells 15 to 18 minutes in a very hot oven (450 degrees F).Image

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