These bars are richly flavored with molasses, strong coffee and a generous portion of ground cloves. They’re adapted from a recipe originally published 33 years ago in a community cookbook from Ladies Aid at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee. Slather the coffee icing on while the bars are still warm.
4 cake recipes found in “Moderne Baking” (Modern Baking) published by Freia as in 1938 to promote their baking powder
Baking is strange, our breakfast, lunch and dinner habits and menus change a lot from decade to decade, but our favourite cakes recipes hardly ever change. “Moderne Baking” was published 80 years ago and still you could find these four recipes in one version or other in just about any contemporary baking cook book.
Its nice to know there are still some constants in our lives in these times of rapid changes – Ted
A quick and easy cake recipe found in “Kaker til Kaffekosen” (Coffee Time Cakes) published by Gyldendal in 1991
Notice the word “kaffekosen” (kaffe + kos) in the title of the book in Norwegian The word “kos” is closely connected to the Norwegian word “hygge” that was adopted by the English language last year.
Both “hygge” and “kos” are a little hard to explain in English because both words are so tightly connected to the Norwegian mentality. Both words are nouns, but can also be used as verbs “hygge seg” and “kose seg” and it is the verbs that are most often used here in Norway.
Rather loosely both can be translated into ‘having a good time’ or ‘having a nice time’. Several large international surveys have shown that Norwegians are among the happiest people in the world, usually just beaten by the Danish. Our quest for having a nice time should explain a lot of that result.
A traditional Norwegian cake recipe found in “Gjærbakst” (Yeast Baking) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979
Please don’t ask me how a cake can end up with a name like Bee Sting. I can’t imagine anyone finding anything remotely positive with getting a bee sting yet the cake is absolutely delicious. It’s a strange world is all I can say – Ted 😉
These cookies are often baked for Christmas in Norway, but many have the sense to enjoy them the year round. They were not part of my mother’s seven sorts baked for the holiday season, but I’ve had the good fortune to be offered them elsewhere both as a kid and as an addult. Delicious stuff I can tell you – Ted
A fruit cookie recipe found in “Cooky Jar Favorites” published by The Tested Recipe Institute in 1960
Bake quick and comforting fruit bars with a just few simple ingredients. A delicious flashback from those carefree first pre-WWII decades. They’re the perfect treats to serve for everything from Sunday dessert to summer picnics and celebrations of any kind.
As Contry Joe & the Fish once sang; Bring Back The Sixties, Man 😉
A cake recipe found in “Kaker til Kaffen” (Cakes for the Coffee) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979
I told you I complained about the lack of sweetness in my old aunts’ cream puffs as a small child in an earlier post. Had the silly old bats* served this cake instead, there would have been no complaints.
* I apologize for the use of this word, but Marie, Emma and Inga always wore long black or dark grey old fashioned dresses and as a small child they reminded me of, well, bats and in an affectionate way I still think of bats when something reminds me of them. Like cream puffs – Ted 😉
A recipe from the “Calumet Cook Book” published in 1921
Back in my childhood cream puffs, particularly cream puff wreaths, were regarded as just about the most delicious kind of pastries one could be served. But as I’ve told you before, little Ted had a sweet tooth the size of a small South American country and as you will notice, the recipe contains no sugar. My old female relatives who were famous for their cream puffs were even stingy with the sugar in the whipped cream.
As our family were on our way to visit one of these old stingy bats little Ted was praying for anything but cream puffs. But what do you think happened. Those old bats always had to show off with their damned cream puffs. The fifties were hard I tell you, just ask anyone who was there – Ted 😉
A filled cookie recipe found in “Det Nye Kjøkkenbiblioteket” (The New Kitchen Library) published in 1971
From the recipe text: It can not be repeated too often that you are fairly well covered for surprises in the form of suddenly arriving guests if you in the cookie jar have finished baked cookies that just need a quick whipped cream or the like to make you able to serve something really nice – such as some sherry waffles.
As you can see from the text above, Scandinavian housewive’s greatest fear back in the late sixties and early seventies was to be caught red handed by unannounced guests without some tempting goodies to serve with the coffee. Life was hard back then I can tell you, I was there – Ted 😉
A chocolate cake recipe from a Baker’s Chocolate ad
published in 1933
“It looks delicious, doesen’t it” asks the Baker Chocolate Girl “… This beautiful Devil’s Food? And it is, I promise you! … with it’s soft, generous topping of cremy-smooth Chocolate Frosting.”Of course it is chocolate … Real, genuine Baker’s Chocolate … that gives the marvelous, rich flavour you want … a truly satisfying flavour that you simply cannot get in any other way.”