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Chocolate Banana Cake

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nancy
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 9:56 PM
  Subject: Chocolate Banana Cake.

  I found your great site today and have had a great time reading 
  the recipe archives!  I hope you cab help me find two special 
  recipes for my family--the cookbook with all those "grandma recipes" 
  has disappeared.  A favorite chocolate cake always served for 
  birthdays was made with cocoa, a mashed banana and sour cream.  
  Thank you,

Hi Nancy,

I believe that I have found your chocolate banana cake. There are three slightly different variations below.


  Chocolate  Banana  Cake

   Ingredients : 
   2 1/2 c. flour
   2 tsp. soda
   1/4 tsp. salt
   1/3 c. cocoa
   1 c. margarine
   2 c. sugar
   1/3 c. sour cream
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 c. mashed banana

   Preparation : 
      Mix and set aside.  Cream:  Add dry ingredients and 2 eggs.  Last
   of all, add 1 cup boiling water. (Batter will be thin!)  Bake 1 hour
   in 9 x 13 inch greased pan at 350 degrees.  Ice with chocolate
   Banana  Split  Cake

   Ingredients : 
   1 1/2 c. sugar
   1 c. margarine
   4 eggs
   1 lg. banana, mashed
   1/2 c. sour cream
   1/2 c. milk
   1 tsp. vanilla
   3 c. flour
   2 tsp. baking powder
   1 tsp. salt
   1/4 tsp. baking soda
   1/2 c. cocoa mix
   1/2 c. strawberry preserves
   Red food coloring

   Preparation : 
      Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Cream together sugar and
   margarine; add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.  In a small
   bowl, mix banana, sour cream, milk and vanilla.  Sift together
   flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Add to creamed mixture
   alternating with banana mixture.  Put 1 cup of batter in a separate
   bowl and stir in strawberry preserves and a few drops of red food
   coloring; set aside. Into another 1 cup of batter, add cocoa.  Spoon
   1/2 of remaining plain batter into prepared pan; spoon on strawberry
   batter without mixing together; top with chocolate batter; then
   remaining plain batter. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour
   10 minutes.  Sift powdered sugar over baked cake and serve with ice
   cream topped with strawberry preserves.
   Banana  Chocolate  Cake  With  Coffee  Frosting

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. butter
   1 1/4 c. sugar
   2 eggs
   1 tsp. soda
   4 tbsp. sour cream
   1 c. mashed banana
   1 1/2 c. flour
   1/4 tsp. salt
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 c. chocolate chips
   2 tbsp. butter
   1 c. confectioners' sugar
   1 tbsp. strong hot coffee
   1 tsp. dry cocoa
   1/2 tsp. vanilla

   Preparation : 
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add lightly
   beaten eggs and soda dissolved in sour cream.  Beat well and add
   mashed banana, flour, salt and vanilla.  Mix well and stir in
   chocolate chips.  Bake in well greased and floured 8 inch square pan
   for 35 to 45 minutes.  FROSTING: Cream butter and sugar; add
   remaining ingredients. 

Fruit Salad

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Nancy
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 9:56 PM
  Subject: Fruit Salad

  Another holiday favorite was a fruit salad made with something 
  called Fruits for salad and was in a glass jar at the super market.  
  The dressing was made using the juice from the fruits and cooked 
  with eggs and mustard.  The fruit was chilled overnight in the 
  dressing and whipped cream was added before serving.  I hope you 
  can help.  I had the recipes when I was a new bride and now I would 
  love to make them for my grandchildren.
  Thank you,

Hi Nancy,

I'm not so sure about the fruit salad dish. I could find no recipes of this type calling for "fruits for salad." I did find two recipes usings canned fruit that sound vaguely similar to what you describe. They're below.


  Frozen Fruit Dessert Salad

   Ingredients : 
   3 tbsp. sugar
   1/2 tsp. dry mustard
   1/8 tsp. red pepper
   1 tsp. salt
   2 tbsp. cornstarch
   1/2 c. drained fruit juice
   2 eggs, beaten
   1/2 c. vinegar
   1 tbsp. margarine
   2 c. whipping cream

   Preparation : 
      Use 1 (No. 2) size can of each fruit: pears, peaches, pineapple,
   white cherries, white grapes, dark sweet cherries, mandarin oranges.
    Drain off juice from fruit. 4 oz. maraschino cherries 4 c. sm.
   marshmallows   Pour 1 cup of the fruit juice on the marshmallows. 
   Let stand while preparing the dressing.  Combine sugar, dry mustard,
   red pepper, salt, cornstarch with drained fruit juice, beaten eggs,
   vinegar and margarine.  Cook until thick in double boiler. Let cool.
    Whip the whipping cream, combine with dressing and pour over
   drained fruits and marshmallows.  Mix carefully.
   Frozen  Fruit  Salad

   Ingredients : 
   1/8 c. confectioners sugar
   1/2 c. boiled salad dressing* (see recipe below)
   1/2 c. mayonnaise
   1/4 tsp. grated lemon rind
   1 c. whipped cream
   1/2 c. Royal Anne cherries, drained, halved
   1/2 c. Bing cherries, drained, halved
   1/2 c. pears, diced
   1/2 c. peaches, diced
   1/2 c. canned pineapple, diced
   1/2 c. marshmallows, diced
  Boiled  Salad  Dressing:
   1 c. vinegar
   1 c. sugar
   1 tbsp. butter
   2 eggs
   1/2 c. fruit juice
   1 tbsp. flour
   1 tsp. dry mustard

   Preparation : 
     Mix together sugar, dressing, mayonnaise, and lemon rind until
   sugar is dissolved.  Fold in whipped cream, cherries, pears,
   peaches, pineapple and marshmallows.  Spoon into a mold or square
   refrigerator dish.  Freeze.  Cut into squares to serve.  In the top
   of a double boiler, heat vinegar, sugar and butter.  Meanwhile, beat
   eggs; add juice, flour and mustard.  Pour heated vinegar mixture
   over egg mixture, mixing constantly.  Return to double boiler; cook
   and stir until mixture thickens.  Cool; refrigerate.  

Homemade Whipped Topping

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: dh
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 7:25 AM
  Subject: homemade cool whip

  I'm trying to find a good recipie for homemade cool whip.
  Instead of buying the already made cool whip; I thought I 
  would like to make my own.
  Someone told me to use heavy whipping cream, vanilla and 10x 
  powdered sugar to make this recipie.
  I didn't know if you could be of assistance with my request.

Hello Delores,

Well, I guess that now whipped toppings have come full circle. Years ago, before there was Cool Whip and Dream Whip and Readi-Whip, there was.... whipped cream, which was made with real whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla (or lemon). Cool Whip and the others were created as convenient substitutes for real whipped cream. Now, you want to make "homemade Cool Whip" from real whipping cream... Sorry, it's just so ironic or something. The thing is, real whipped cream doesn't keep well. You pretty much have to make it fresh each time. It's just like milk in that it spoils quickly. That's why Cool Whip is so convenient and the main reason that it was created. Cool Whip keeps for a long time in the refrigerator and you don't have to keep fresh whipping cream on hand to make it, not to mention the work of whipping cream with a mixer, and the clean-up afterward.

Be that as it may, real whipped cream is richer and tastier than the convenience toppings. The first recipe below is what you want. Below that are recipes for homemade whipped toppings made with other convenience ingredients.


   Whipped  Cream  Topping

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. whipping cream
   1 tbsp. 10X sugar
   1/2 tsp. vanilla

   Preparation : 
      Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Whip until stiff. 
  Whipped  Topping

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. water
   1 tbsp. lemon juice
   1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
   1/2 c. non-fat dry milk
   2 tbsp. sugar
   1/4 tsp. vanilla

   Preparation : 
      Chill a small bowl and rotary beater or small bowl of electric
   mixer and beaters.  Mix together in chilled bowl water, lemon juice,
   and gelatin.  Add dry milk and stir until moistened.  Beat at high
   speed until stiff.  Beat in sugar and vanilla.  Chill and use as you
   would whipped cream.  Makes 3 cups.  Dieter serving, 1/4 cup.  (In
   following menu pattern, this amount alone counts as 1/4 cup skim
   Whipped  Topping

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. instant non-fat dry milk
   1/2 c. ice water
   2 tsp. sugar
   1/2 tsp. vanilla

   Preparation : 
      Chill small bowl and beaters.  Combine milk powder with ice water
   in bowl.  Beat until stiff.  Add sugar and vanilla.  Serve
   Whipped  Topping

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. instant dry milk
   1/2 c. cold water
   1/2 tsp. lemon juice or vanilla flavoring
   2 tbsp. sugar

   Preparation : 
      Mix the instant milk and water.  Beat to soft peak stage, about 4
   minutes, at medium speed.  Add the lemon juice or vanilla and beat
   for 7 minutes more on medium speed.  Add the sugar and beat 1 minute

Covered Wagon Biscuits

----- Original Message -----
From: Frederick 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 3:18 PM
Subject: Covered Wagon Biscuits

> be fore you i searched the web...all i remember about
> this recipie it was from the N.Y. Daily news paper
> circa 1950's..they are not the ones that originated
> when the west was won...these end up with a dusty
> topping after baking..light and fluffy  thanks for the
> help in advance...fhj
> ive bookmarked you very useful to the
> homestyle gorment chef.. 

Hello Frederick,

Like you, I had no luck on the web. However, I found a file that contained the recipe below. I'm not sure if it's the one you want, but it has the right name.


Covered  Wagon  Biscuits

 Ingredients :
 2 c. flour
 1 tsp. salt
 2 tsp. sugar
 4 tsp. baking powder
 1/4 c. buttermilk
 1/4 c. shortening

 Preparation :
   Stir flour, sugar and salt together.  Cut in shortening using a
 pastry blender.  Stir in buttermilk.  Turn dough out onto a floured
 surface.  Knead gently a few times.  Cut in circles.  Bake at 400
 degrees for 20 minutes.

Jello 1-2-3

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: pam 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 6:24 PM
  Subject: jello 123

  What ever happened to jello 123? Is there any way to make it, it used 
  to come in a box and I remember my mom made it with the blender and 
  it made layers!

Hi Pam,

Jello discontinued Jello 1-2-3, but amazingly, I found a clone recipe. See below.


  Jello 1 2 3
  This is a clone of the old Jello 1-2-3 recipe. Three layers are made 
  as the jello cools in the refridgerator.

  List of Ingredients

  3/4 cup boiling water
  1 package (4-serving size) Jell-o brand gelatin -- any flavor
  1/2 cup cold water
  ice cubes
  1/2 cup Cool Whip Non-Dairy Whipped Topping -- thawed 

  Pour boiling water into blender. Add gelatin. Cover and blend at low 
  speed until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 30 seconds. 
  Combine cold water and ice cubes to make 1-1/4 cups. Add to gelatin and 
  stir until ice is partially melted. 
  Then add whipped topping; blend at high speed for 30 seconds. 
  Pour into dessert glasses. 
  Chill about 30 minutes. Dessert layers as it chills. Garnish as desired.

  Makes 3 cups or 6 servings


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