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Irish Superstitions

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 19, 2018

Bobby’s Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 16, 2018

Feriel’s Cherry Loaf Tea Cake

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 16, 2018

Old-fashioned Norwegian Lemon Cake / God Gammeldags Sitronkake

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 15, 2018

Shepherd’s Macaroni Pie

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 15, 2018

Norwegian Sunday Apples / Søndagsepler

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The War Hollow

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S’Mores Brownie Fudge

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An Irish winter…

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 13, 2018

MEAT LOAF OR MAY BE, HEALTHY LOAF ;)

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 13, 2018

Oreo Overload Donuts

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 12, 2018

Butterscotch Shortbread Dipped in Chocolate

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 12, 2018

Vanilla Bourbon Marshmallows (& winter weather)

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 12, 2018

Celtic Mythology: Five Sacred Guardian Trees of Ireland

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 12, 2018

Norwegian Potato Waffles / Potetvafler

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 9, 2018

Bobby’s Fudge Brownies

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 8, 2018

Double chocolate bundt cake

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 7, 2018

Dutch Apple Cake (Dutch Apple Bread) Recipe

doesn’t this look delicious?

A Hundred Years Ago

Dutch Apple Cake

I found an intriguing recipe for something called Dutch Apple Cake in a small 1911 promotional cookbook published by K C Baking Powder. Even though it was called a cake,  the serving suggestions in the original recipe said, “serve hot, with butter, as bread for supper or with hard sauce as a pudding.”

My curiosity got the best of me–What was it? . . . a cake? . . . a bread? . . . a pudding?

Well, I made the recipe, and I’m still not quite sure. When I ate it warm,  it tasted like a bread.  It had a nice texture with apples and currants embedded in a rich, sticky cinnamon-sugar syrup on top that reminded me slightly of the syrup on old-fashioned “sticky buns.”

But after it cooled, it seemed more like a coffee cake–a very nice coffee cake.  I didn’t try it with hard sauce so…

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 7, 2018

Old-Fashioned Apple Pudding

A Hundred Years Ago

Apple Pudding

I generally like old-fashioned fruit puddings, so I was pleased when I saw a recipe for Apple Pudding in a hundred-year-old cookbook.

Apple Pudding Recipe Source: Lycoming Valley Cook Book, compiled by the Ladies of Trout Run M.E. Church, Trout Run, PA (1907)

Most modern apple recipes call for cinnamon and other spices, so I was surprised that this recipe didn’t use any spices. But they weren’t needed–the Apple Pudding was pure apple and delightful.  The apples were embedded in a lovely moist cake pudding.

In general the directions in this old recipe are a little vague. It provides no clue how many apples should be used;  and I was left to decide what a moderate oven meant. However, the recipe was very specific that Cleveland’s Superior Baking Powder should be used. Of course, I’ve never heard of Cleveland’s and it’s probably not been made for decades. So I  had to make due…

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 7, 2018

Steamed Graham Pudding with Lemon Sauce

A Hundred Years Ago

I’m stranded in the house by cold weather and snow, so I decided it was the perfect time to make a hundred-year-old recipe for Steamed Graham Pudding with Lemon Sauce. Since I had nowhere to go, it didn’t faze me that the recipe called for steaming the pudding for 2 hours.

It was worth the time and effort. The moist, rich Steamed Graham Pudding was embedded with raisins, and had sweet and sassy molasses undertones. When served with Lemon Sauce, the tartness of the sauce balances nicely with the heartiness of the pudding.

Judging by the number of steamed pudding recipes in hundred-year-old cookbooks, steamed puddings were very popular a century ago – yet it’s rare to see any steamed pudding recipes in modern cookbooks except for the occasional plum pudding recipe. Today steamed puddings are often considered difficult to make with a lengthy cooking time. However, back in the…

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 5, 2018

Lemon-Lime Bars (& understanding)

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 5, 2018

Lavender Chamomile Tea Cookies

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Posted by: marthabernie | January 4, 2018

Gingerbread roulade

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Cranberry Spice Layer Cake

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Cranberry Bread Pudding

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn

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Calamansi Crinkle Cookies

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Posted by: marthabernie | December 31, 2017

Three Hours to Wonderful: Maple Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

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Posted by: marthabernie | December 30, 2017

Mocha Madeleines

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Posted by: marthabernie | December 29, 2017

Lotus Biscoff (Speculoos) Cupcakes

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Posted by: marthabernie | December 28, 2017

Saucy Stuffed Shells – Baked and Meatless

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Posted by: marthabernie | December 28, 2017

Norwegian Silver Cake / Sølvkake

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes

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