Owen Bakes: Blueberry Buckle

Owen has been craving blueberry pie. I had one that did not turn out so well (more on that later) , but this Blueberry Buckle from my 1959 Farm Journal’s Country Cooking turned out very well. It was easy, too!

1/2 c. shortening (We used unsalted butter.)

1 c. sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 1/2 c. sifted flour

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. milk

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 c. blueberries

1/2 tsp. cinnamon (We skipped that.)

1/2 c. butter

Now – these ingredients are separated in the directions. I didn’t notice that, and just used some of the batter for the top instead of a crumb topping. Still good.

Cream shortening and 1/2 c. sugar; add egg; beat until light.

Sift together 2 c. flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Spread in greased 9×9″ pan. (We did not sift, and used a 9″ pie pan.)

Toss lemon juice with berries; sprinkle over batter.

Make crumb topping of remaining 1/4 c. flour, 1/2 c. sugar and other ingredients, cover berries.

Bake in moderate oven (350F) 1 hour, or until done. (Ours was done in about 25 – 30 minutes, and you can see it was getting brown.)

 

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Handwritten Recipe Wednesday: Cherry Pie

Here’s another recipe written in the pages of my “7 Years with Your Neighbor Lady.” I have Cherry Pie on the brain. Owen and I made Blueberry Buckley this week (more on that soon) but the boys and my Mom love Cherry Pie. I think this was written down in a hurry while the person listened to the radio show, though.

Double crust

Filling: 1/2 to 3 C sugar (!!), 3 T flour, 6 T cherry juice, 1 t almond flavoring. Few drops red coloring if liked.Cook till thick. Put 2 C cherries in crust. Dot with butter. Pour thick juice over top. Cover with top crust. Bake 35 – 40 mins. in 425F oven.

Cherry juice?

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Peppy Ham Fondue

Here is another unique fondue recipe from the 1974 Better Homes and Gardens Snacks and Appetizers. I love the pancake mix and chili powder combination. Yikes.

1 cup pancake mix

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

2/3 cup water

Cooking oil

2 cups fully cooked ham cut in bite-size cubes

Prepared mustard

Combine first 4 ingredients. Add water and beat well. Pour oil into metal fondue cooker to no more than 1/2 capacity or to depth of 2 inches. Heat over range to 375F. Add 1 tsp. salt. Transfer cooker to fondue burner. Spear ham with fondue fork. Dip in batter, letting excess drip off. Fry in hot oil till golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to salad fork; dip in prepared mustard. Makes 4 servings.

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Problems in Paradise Blog Tour for Kelsey Browning Plus “Beck’s Belly-satisfying “Blizzard”

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Kelsey Browning’s latest feisty and funny romantic adventure: Problems in Paradise. I discovered her as she is friends and at times a co-author with other authors I love in the last year and read everything that she writes. I also love Blizzards and the local DQ staff know me by name!

Kelsey will be giving away one digital copy of Personal Assets, the first book in the Texas Nights series to one commenter at each blog stop, so be sure to make a comment below.  Please welcome Kelsey and her fantastic recipe!-AA

First, thanks to Amy for having me on Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts today. I’m not promising y’all a completely vintage recipe today, but it IS vintage Beck Childress, the hero in my newest release in the Texas Nights series, Problems in Paradise.

Beck is known for his love of junk food, which drives the heroine, Eden Durant, straight up the wall of her granola-y restaurant, Paradise Garden Café. Beck may have given up Slim Jims for a chance at love, but will he sacrifice his favorite dessert?

Beck’s Belly-satisfying “Blizzard”

Beck likes his to get his from the DQ (Dairy Queen), but you can easily recreate this treat at home.

Serves 1

  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream or yogurt (if you want to be like a Texan, then try to get your hands on some Blue Bell)
  • ½ toffee bar, chopped
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 stick peppermint (try to get the pure sugar ones like they sell at Cracker Barrel instead of the round candies), chopped
  • Chocolate syrup (or hot fudge)
  • Caramel syrup

Chop toffee bar, pecans, and peppermint stick. Add to ice cream and stir. Drizzle syrups on top. For the purist, don’t stir. But if you’re like Beck and prefer all your goodness completely swirled together, go ahead and stir like crazy!

Sit down with a copy of Problems in Paradise and enjoy your treat.

Summary of Problems in Paradise:

Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.

About Kelsey

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, and Bad Dog. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series.

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

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Handwritten Recipe Wednesday: Chocolate Macaroons

Here is another handwritten recipe inside the cover of the “7 years with Your Neighbor Lady” from Wynn Speece that I wrote from last week. I don’t think these are the same Macaroons that have become so fashionable lately, that are like fancier whoopie pies. Still, these sound delicious.

Combine 1/2 C butter or salad oil or veg. shortening with 4 sqs. bitter choc. Melt in pan over hot water (double boiler). Put 2C sugar in hot mixture, cream well. Beat in 4 eggs, 1 at a time, add 1 t. vanilla, sift together 2 C flour 2 TBP. Chill. Spoon in tiny balls roll in powdered sugar. Put on greased baking sheet. Do not flatten. Bake 15 mins. 375F oven.

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