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Bird Trap Pudding

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ruth Ann  
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 4:19 PM
Subject: request for recipe "Bird Trap Pudding"

I am looking for a very old recipe that my 83 year mother remembers her mother making. 
It starts out with a pie crust brushed with butter and brown sugar.  You roll it up 
and slice  and put cut side down in pan. Put  brown sugar on top and then boiling water. 
Place in oven and cook until brown.
Thank You, Ruth Ann

Hello Ruth Ann,

Sorry, I cannot find this.


Dear Phaed,

I tried very hard to get the recipe for the elderly lady in the email from Ruth Ann 
for "Bird Trap Pudding" and I think I found a solution.  There are several versions 
using a rolled pie crust or biscuit like dough, and one is called "Butter Roll Dessert" 
and the other is "Vinegar Rolls" , and there is a third with apples that is called 
"Birds Nest Pudding"....all of them are antique recipes (I found vinegar rolls on 
your archives, so if she wants that one, she could look on your site, I put the 
link at the bottom)......maybe the lady requesting it could ask for a little more 
info from her mom, she could decide which recipe would fit best. I didnt think it 
was the "Birds Nest Pudding" one, so I didnt include it.  

The recipe I thought was most like she described actually creates a kind of simple 
syrup when boiling water is poured on top of the rolls. it is and 
I hope you will forward it to the lady so she can make these for her mother.  I lost 
my mom in October, so this means a lot to help her out.



Butter Roll Dessert Recipe #2 from Julia

"My grandmother and Aunt Ivy used to make this when I was little and it is wonderful! 
I have made it and although it was good somehow is was not the same if not served in 
a huge white metal pan covered with a clean dishcloth!

Dough, rolled out thin. Then pat butter and sprinkle with sugar. Roll up. Place in 
large pan and pour boiling water over it. Then you put more butter and vanilla in 
the water and bake in the oven! It is so good and very rich! This is an East Texas 
tradition that is becoming a lost art. "

Butter Roll Dessert Recipe #4 from Rita

My mom can remember my grandmother making that. When I talked to my mom, I picked 
her brain about the Roll. She said that my grandmother did one that had cinnamon 
and sugar in it with a simple syrup on top. The way it was made was when the biscuit 
dough was made she rolled the dough out like a jelly roll but she didn't cut the 
dough . She put the roll into a baking pan and dried the roll out for a few minutes 
and then poured the syrup on top. then she baked it for about 30 minutes or until 
the roll was browned, but she also basted the roll during cooking. My grand mother 
used water, sugar, nutmeg and butter in the syrup and she cooked it for about 3 to 
4 minutes before she poured it over the roll.

>>>>>>>>>>>>OR <<<<<<<<<<<<<
COULD THEY BE VINEGAR ROLLS?  Maybe?  Heres that link to the appropriate page on your site.... 

Pastry for 2-crust pie butter 
softened sugar cinnamon 
3/4 Cup water 
1/2 Cup vinegar 
1/2 Cup sugar 
dash of salt.
Roll pie crust thin. 
Cut into 4-inch squares. 
Spread each square heavily w/soft butter. 
Sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar or more over butter; then sprinkle lightly w/cinnamon. 
Roll as for jelly roll and place seam side down in large shallow pan, 9 x 13 inches. 
Continue until crust is used up. 
Sprinkle more sugar, butter and cinnamon, if desired.Heat water, vinegar, 
1/2 cup of sugar and salt until sugar dissolves. 
Pour over rolls in dish. 
Bake 10 minutes in preheated 400 degree oven 
reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake 20 - 25 minutes longer, or until 
brown and bubbly.

Specific Chocolate Decadence

----- Original Message ----- 
From: norma 
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 5:56 PM
Subject: Chocolate Decadence

Many (many) years ago, I had a recipe called Chocolate Decadence. I clipped it 
from a magazine, no longer remembered.  It was simple and delicious.  My grown 
Daughters still speak of it.  The filed clipping has disappeared, sadly. 
This version was quite different.  The "cake" was actually Brownie Mix baked on 
a sheet pan, cut and formed in a small round mold (bottom round, sides and top round). 
I used a small saucepan.  The center was filled with a "mousse like" filling but more 
solid.  It was refrigerated to firm and then un molded.  the 'cake' was then drizzled 
with a ganache.  I remember using Kahlua as flavoring in the center "mousse" and also 
in the ganache.
I have tried to duplicate this beloved dessert by substituting a regular mousse. It is 
not firm enough.
I will be SO-OOO very happy if you could find this lost recipe for me.
Thank you.

Hello Norma Jane,

Sorry, I cannot find a recipe that fits your description.


Tuna Ball

----- Original Message ----- 
From: tammy 
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:18 AM
Subject: tuna ball recipe

the ingredients that I can remember is the following but I don't remember 
how much or if I left any ingredient out or how it was put together please help

canned tuna
lemon jello
cream cheese
pecans  in the cheese ball and also the ball was rolled in it

possibly some type of onion and celery not sure



Hello Tammy,

Sorry, I had no success with this.


Ellen sent these suggestions:

Oh, no, here is one that actually HAS the lemon jello in it:

Molded Tuna Salad

Oh, the agony!

Hi, I guess you are not in Mississippi these days...

Here is a recipe very close to the tuna-cream cheese-lemon jello mold someone 
was asking about the same day.  I can imagine a cook substituting the 3 ounce 
lemon jello for the gelatin and lemon juice, though it does make me tremble a 
bit to do so.

Family Oven

Blueberry Squares

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Emily 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 12:44 PM
Subject: recipe

Hi Phaedrus....I misplaced a wonderful recipe and wonder if you might have it. 
It is a blueberry square with an oatmeal, brown sugar and nut topping, and it 
consists of blueberries and blueberry preserves.  Any chance?


Hi Emily,

Sorry, no success. I found lots of blueberry squares recipes, but none that fit your description.


Ellen sent this link to a recipe that appears to bevery similar, if not the exact recipe:

Good spring to you, Uncle,

Catching up on the archives, saw this request of 3/18.  This could be it.

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Annual good wishes from Ellen 

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