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Friday, May 11, 2012

As most of you know, I love collecting cookbooks.........

and I also love the history of how recipes and the foods we love came about.

I have loved Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks and recipes for years and in doing some research was surprised  to find how many years this magazine/cookbook travels back and how many recipes also span through the decades. The history of these recipes actually started with E.T. Meredith of Des Moines , Iowa. In the early 1920's his magazine, Successful Farming, was very popular in rural America. He then focused his attention on those who lived in cities, towns, and suburbs and produced a magazine called Fruit, Garden, and Home. Besides garden and decorating tips, he also included recipes. He also accepted recipe submissions from readers. By the fall of 1924, the magazine's name changed to Better Homes and Gardens, in which we all know and love today.
As time went on, Better Homes and Gardens established a test kitchen in which recipes were tested and tasted by the staff for approval. In 1930, the My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was published which name changed in 1953 to The New Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. So many years have flown by and hundreds of recipes have graced the pages of the magazine and the cookbooks. I want to share in this post a recipe from the 1930's.

The first recipe in the 1930 edition of the Cook Book was Pineapple Meringue Cake,..........
which was the winner among 7,000 entries in the magazine's first recipe contest.
As many older recipes from that period, this cake has quite a few ingredients and a little more prep time, however, it is always worth the effort.

Pineapple Meringue Cake
1/4 cup butter at room temperature.....................1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar.......................................................1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks..........................................................1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla.....................................................1 cup whipping cream
1 cup flour...........................................................2 tbs. sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder.....................................1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt..........................................................1 8 1/4 oz. can, crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup milk
2 egg whites
In a mixer bowl, cream together butter and 1/2 cup sugar; add egg yolks and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Beat with mixer till light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour into two greased, paper lined 8 x 1 1/2 inch round pans. Beat egg whites with 1 tsp. vanilla, then gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Carefully spread egg white mixture over unbaked layers. Sprinkle pecans over egg whites. Bake at 350.F till wooden pick inserted comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pans and turn cake layers meringue side up, cool thoroughly. Meanwhile, for filling, combine whipping cream, powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Beat until soft peaks form. Fold in pineapple. Place one layer, cake side down, on cake plate. Top with filling. Place second layer on top with meringue side up. Chill. Enjoy!




4 comments:

Celestina Marie said...

WOW does that look yummy. I love the old vintage cookbooks too and B&G had some great ones. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Enjoy the week and happy baking!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I have collected recipes for years, and love the vintage magazines and recipes they have in them. And some of the old Southern cookbooks are priceless!!! This cake sounds so yummy. I love anything with pineapple in it!

Melody said...

I collect vintage magazines and love the Better Homes and Gardens from the 30's-60's. The graphics, ads, articles (still relevent) are great. LOL I finds some of our vintage items we have around or see in the Antique Malls in the shopping sections! The recipes are still good too. It seems I've been picking up the vintage mags before choosing the ones at the checkouts or reordering subscriptions. Sometimes they're cheaper, but if ya look they have very similar articles, but a lot more content.
And, the vintage cookbooks...I've got more of them than any. If ya noticed my Apronation site I try to include a vintage cookbook with the apron. Hey they are still really good.

Linda said...

Great post! I absolutely love vintage cookbooks, recipes...and anything vintage! Thank you for sharing.