From Any One Can Bake, a 1927 instructional book produced by the Educational Department of the Royal Baking Powder Company, here is a picture of making tart molds using an upside down muffin mold. Want an old fashioned pie crust? Try Perfect Pie Crust or “The New Crisco Pastry.”  
cutting a cake by francis galton
Purely for fun, Sir Francis Galton, (FRS, knighted in 1909), described in the publication Nature in 1906 how to cut a cake in a way “so as to leave a minimum of exposed surface to become dry”. Essentially, you cut out the middle, push the remaining cake halves together. Then, you keep cutting the center parts and pushing …
My girls are going away to camp this summer, which typically inspires s’mores at home before and after the trip. There is something about the crisp graham cracker, caramelized marshmallow, and softly melted chocolate that makes you want more than one. The original recipe for S’mores can be traced back to the Girl Scout handbook, …
Sweet potato pies are hands-down a favorite treat at our house. But I had never thought of using regular bakers in pies until I was flipping through The Blue Grass Cook Book from 1904. The Potato Pie is the Pie of the Month for the Fall issue of Pastry Sampler Journal, and when I was …
What is a Betty? Besides being a pretty name, it is a baked fruit dessert layered with crumbled baked goods, like bread or cake crumbs. Bettys have been around a long time. Ida Bailey Allen in Cooking Menus Service from the 1920s wrote how useful they were as a creative way to use up leftovers. …
Since I baked a modern lemon meringue pie on the Pastry Sampler blog, I’d thought I’d also share versions from the year 1890. Lemon Pie Recipes From 1890 Here are four different recipes for Lemon Pie. Each are completely different: with meringue or without it; the filling cooked on the stove top or baked in …
Like the fresh watermelon from the vine, this old recipe from 1890, (The Model Cookbook), has a pink interior with ‘seeds’ made up of raisins. The cake is flavored with rose water, a flavoring not used much today but would be a lovely touch for a light, summertime cake.   Water Melon Cake Take one-half …
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