Grandmother’s Ginger Nuts (adapted from Mennonite Community Cookbook, 1950)

The recipe in Mennonite Community Cookbook that I find most entertaining is Grandmother’s Ginger Nuts.   This book designates the recipe as “very old”, presumably from the late nineteenth century.   This recipe was submitted independently by two different women, once as Grandmother’s Ginger Nuts and another as Ginger Balls.   And while there’s some puerile entertainment……

Apple Pudding Bread (Wisconsin, 1989, adapted)

Apple Pudding Bread is a spiced dessert bread recipe from Ascension Lutheran’s 1989 community cookbook.   The recipe’s author was a longtime member and mother of three.  She was an avid bridge player and teacher and her husband served in various lay leadership positions at the church.  In the recipe description she brags that Apple……

Airy Light Casserole Bread (Oklahoma, 1970s)

I’ve never been particularly good with yeast breads.  I know enough to know what I’m doing wrong (kiling the yeast) but still haven’t spent the time to figure out how to do it right.  So I appreciate idiot-proof bread recipes like Airy Light Casserole Bread from Adventures in Cooking. What makes this recipe unusual is……

Tomato Soup Cake (Oklahoma, 1970s)

This bizarre spice cake recipe has a minor cult following online, a trend that Campbell’s has embraced wholeheartedly.   Campbell’s takes credit for inventing the recipe in the late 1920s and making continuous tweaks and updates to “evolve the recipe with trends in the culinary world”.   I personally have no nostalgia for this cake.  Condensed soup……