Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Abby loves to bake and cook with me in the kitchen. I treasure these times together. She recently pulled a cookbook out from the bookshelf and asked about it. "The Butterick Book of Recipes and Household Helps" circa 1927. It was her great grandmother's cookbook and one that I will always treasure. It's worn, yellowed and tattered. Upon opening it we found little recipe clippings, handwritten recipe tips and more. It's like opening a door to the past. "Mem" is missed so much.
Abby asked if we could make something in it and she chose "cream puffs" since we already had the ingredients.
Here's the recipe to share and impress.
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter or shortening
1 cup flour
Add the boiling water to the butter or shortening, bring to a boil and stir in the flour thoroughly. Remove from the fire, let the mixture cool slightly and add the eggs one at a time, beating in each one for some time before adding the next. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased pan about two inches apart, shaping into a circular form and having the batter a little higher in the center. Bake one-half hour in a moderate oven (360 F.). If these cakes are removed from the oven beforee they are thoroughly done, they will fall. Take out one; if it does not fall, the others may be removed.
Cool and split partially with a sharp knife. Fill with a cream filling, whipped cream, or fruit mixture.
*we whipped up heavy cream, added a bit of vanilla and powdered sugar!
Do you have a favorite family recipe? Please share!