(I’m copying this from our Stone Bridge Antiques site.)
Perusing a flea market last summer, we came across a little Shaw Walker oak recipe box. Shaw Walker was known for making high quality file cabinets. This little box still had its decal and Dennis was thrilled to find it.
When we got it home, we looked through the contents of the box. There were several recipes, mostly dessert and clearly old. One of the recipes had a date from 1933. Clearly, from some of the ingredients they used and the instructions for cooking, these recipes pre-date conventional ovens.
To give you an idea of what the average housewife may have been cooking during the height of the depression era, below are a few of the recipes we found in the Shaw Walker box.
Coffee Carnival (Farm Bureau)
4 tbsp Minute Tapioca
¼ tsp Salt
1/3 cup seedless raisins
2 cups hot coffee
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup cream (1 cup when whipped)
Add tapioca, salt and raisins to hot coffee and cook in double boiler 15 min or until tapioca is clear, stirring frequently. Add sugar and chill, add vanilla, fold in whipped cream.
(Eat cream on pudding instead of folding it in.)
Fine Indian Pudding
Bake 3 hours
2 slices raised bread each 1” thick, butter them very thick
1/3 cup molasses
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 sour apple cut up fine or 3 or 4 sweet ones
1 quart milk
After this has baked about an hour add another quart of milk.
And here’s an easy and an old time favorite:
1 quart milk – heated
Pour over the following:
1 cup grapenut
2/3 cup sugar
½ tps salt
Bake until thickened – stir often
Serve with lemon sauce or whipped cream
1 Tablespoon Butter
½ cup sugar
1 heaping tablespoon flour
½ cup hot water
1 teaspoon lemon
Let me know if you try any of these recipes and how they turned out?