Friday, September 4, 2009

Brown Bag Apple Pie, Cold Mocha Drink

I have been anxiously awaiting today's Old Cookbook Review. I really enjoy sharing my excitement when I find a book that is full of great recipes. If you're looking for a dessert book full of the recipes like Mom and Grandma used to make, here it is! The cookbook that I have been reading is Favorite Recipes of America-Desserts from 1956. It was published by Favorite Recipes Press in Louisville, Kentucky. The hardback copy has a three-tiered strawberry shortcake on the front and blue/yellow gingham pattern decorating the back. The homey design is perfectly suited to the flavor of the book; traditional, homemade sweets from cooks all over the country in '56!

In the introduction of the book,Staff Home Economist, Mary Anne Richards, explains that she chose the recipes from her files of over 50,000 to, "represent the desserts that Americans like best." Even in the decade in which she made her selections, she wisely chose a diversity of dessert recipes from different parts of the country. You will find such a mix of cooks and their recipes from every state; this was a part of the book that I liked very much. There's a recipe for a century-old rice pudding along with a recipe passed down in another family for empanadas! I found at least three recipes submitted by President's wives; Mrs. Eisenhower and Mrs. Roosevelt's recipes were chosen and included. I was impressed by the section of foreign desserts contributed by citizens with foreign ancestry. There are recipes for British Scones, Chinese Almond Cakes, German Raisin Cake and on and on!

Aside from the delicious categories such as: Cakes; Candies and Confections; Cookies; Pies; Frozen Desserts; Chilled Desserts; Jiffy Desserts; Foreign Favorites and Sweet Breads, there's an added section of Party Beverages! I actually found an alternative method for making a favorite beverage of mine-Cold Mocha Drink!

It was difficult choosing a sample I chose two! I'm going to copy down the Mocha recipe and another recipe that I have been looking for (that I finally found in this book)-Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie!

If you like old-fashioned cookbooks with lots of sweet recipes, you need to hunt this one down! I found my copy during a "book dive" at Goodwill!

P. 180 Brown Bag Apple Pie
Mrs. R.S. Siefken
Williams AFB, Ariz.

4 or 5 large, tart apples
1/2 C plus 2 TBSP flour
1 C sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 TBSP lemon juice
One 9" uncooked pie crust
1 stick margarine

Pare apples; cut into eighths. Work into 2 TBSP flour, 1/2 C sugar, nutmeg and lemon juice. Arrange in 9" pastry-lined pie pan. Sprinkle with mixture of 1/2 C sugar, 1/2 C flour and margarine. Place pie in brown paper bag, tucking the open end under. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake for 40 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.

P. 366 Cold Mocha Drink
Mrs J. Frank Beall
Nacogdoches, Texas

3 C milk
1 C leftover coffee
1/2 C chocolate syrup
Whipped cream
Cinnamon or nutmeg

Chill milk, coffee and syrup until serving time. Pour mixture into tall glasses; top with whipped cream, sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg over top. Yield: 4 servings.

I'll be participating in these recipe swaps today:


  1. I have got to try that mocha drink...sounds nummy!

  2. WOW!!! I like your recipe for the cold mocha drink. Sounds REFRESHING!!! and YUMMY!!! Geri

  3. Ummm, the mocha drink sounds delicious....

  4. I adore old cookbooks. Thanks for the two fresh ideas--who doesn't need a good pie recipe. And thank you for stopping by Momtrends and sharing your recipe. See you next week!