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Lowenstein's Hawaiian Donuts

-----Original Message----- 
From: Janice 
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:23 AM
Subject: Hawaiian donuts at Lowenstein's dept store Memphis

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

Hawaiian donuts were square and filled with a tropical mix of
pineapple and perhaps some other fruit or fruits and custard.  The
outside was dusted with powdered sugar too.

Lowensten's department store in downtown Memphis, TN had a bakery
right there in the store facing Main Street, and Lowenstein's bakery
was the only place in Memphis to sell these absolutely mouth
wateringly wonderful square tropical Hawaiian donuts.

Lowenstein's dept store closed down sometime in the 1980s during the
time that Memphis was attempting to force Main Street to become a
pedestrian shopping mall.  Most of the downtown stores, large and
small, closed down during that transition.

I have searched your website and also on the internet and haven't yet
located a recipe for square tropical Hawaiian donuts.

I don't want to eat my weight in square tropical Hawaiian donuts, but
it would be such a treat if maybe once a year I could just have one or

I would greatly appreciate your being able to locate square tropical
Hawaiian donuts recipe, or source nearby.

Best Regards,


Hi Janice,

Sorry, I had no success locating any recipes for Hawaiian donuts from Lowenstein's. Their product does not appear to have been an authentic Hawaiian item, but was probably just a bakery creation.

I looked for "Hawaiian donut" recipes. I found a recipe for an old camping treat that was actually an ordinary cake donut that was sliced, a slice of pineapple and some brown or cinnamon sugar inserted, and then re-warmed. There is a recipe for those below.

The other recipe that I found for "Hawaiian donuts" is the real thing, called "malasadas". "Malasadas" are real Hawaiian donuts. They are round, with no holes, and the basic recipe contains no fruit at all, although bakers make them in pineapple and guava, etc., flavors. There is a recipe here for malasadas:


Finally, searching for recipes for "pineapple donuts" turned up this recipe:

Pineapple Donuts

Sorry that I couldn't be more help, Janice. Recipes from department stores that closed before the Internet came into being are rather rare unless someone happened to write a book about them.

I'll post this on the site in case a reader can help.


Hawaiian Donuts

1 cake donut per person to be served
Canned sliced pineapple
Brown sugar or cinnamon sugar
1/4 pound butter
Aluminum foil

Slice donuts in half; butter each side and put a slice of pineapple between 
halves. Sprinkle with brown or cinnamon sugar and wrap in foil. Heat on 
coals or sheepherder stove. (or in oven)

Hello Janice,

One of my readers saw your request and sent this:

"I saw the post about Lowenstein's Dept. Store Bakery Hawaiian Donuts. Sorry, I don't have the recipe, but I think I know what they were. They were a square beignet. The fruit filling I think was simply canned tropical fruit mix with a custard cream. The powdered sugar is also a tipoff. I was never a fan of these, but had a friend who was. If it's fried, it has to be good, right? I simply didn't like the canned filling. The filling was injected just like the raspberry or lemon, or whatever donuts."

In France, beignet is an umbrella term for a large variety of pastries made from deep-fried dough with fruit filling. They are not always square, though, and sometimes they are merely pieces of fruit that are batter-dipped and fried.

If you've ever been to New Orleans and had beignets at Café du Monde, then you know that the ones served there are square and donut-like. There are beignet recipes here:

Crescent City Cooks


Food Network




Good Housekeeping Apple Pie

----Original Message----- 
From: Dawn
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: apple pie recipe from Good Housekeeping Magazine in fall of 

Hi Uncle Phaedrus,
The best apple pie I have ever made is from a recipe in Good Housekeeping 
magazine that had the fifty states best recipes. It was the recipe 
representing Washington State. The issue was from September of 1989, I 
think. I have tried searching the GH site and cannot find it. Please see if 
you can get it for me. Thanks so much.

All the best,
St. Thomas, VI

Hello Dawn,

Sorry, I cannot find a Washington State apple pie recipe from Good Housekeeping, nor can I find any mention of an issue of Good Housekeeping magazine with recipes from the 50 states.

There is a copy of the September, 1989 issue of the magazine for sale on E-Bay:

Good Housekeeping September, 1989

As you can see, the cover of that issue does not mention recipes from the 50 states. The October and November issues are there, too, and none of them mention best recipes from the 50 states. See:


I suppose it's possible that the article was not mentioned on the cover, but I have no way to find out.

I'll post this on my site in case a reader can help, but your best bet is probably to determine for sure which issue that article was in and buy a copy of that issue on E-Bay or elsewhere. E-Bay and other sites have back issues for sale. If you search through them, you might find the issue you want by looking at the scans of the covers.


Your advice was great. It was the September of 1986 issue. I got it on EBay. 


Tulsa Public Schools Cookies

From: tameka 
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 6:55 PM
Subject: tulsa public school cookie recipes

I attended Sam Houston elementary and they also made cookies there that were great... 
they had a butter cookie and a chocolate chip...if u could find either recipe it would be great


Hello Tameka,

Sorry, I had no success with any cookie recipes from Tulsa Public Schools or Sam Houston Elementary School in Tulsa. There are mentions of the cookies on these sites:

Tulsa World

Someone on the Tulsa TV Memories sites says they have a Tulsa Public Schools cookbook. You might want to write to them and see if they can help. See:

Tulsa TV Memories

The Chicago Public Schools butter cookies recipe might be similar. You can find it here:

Recipe Gold Mine


Tulsa Public Schools Recipes

From: tameka 
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 6:53 PM
Subject: tulsa public school's crusty beefeater recipe

I went to elementary at Sam Houston in Tulsa, OK and they had this entree called crusty beefeater.  
I know it had a crust, i want to say it have veggies in it as well .  Can you try to find this recipe again?


Hello Tameka,

Sorry, I had no success with this recipe. There is a mention of this dish here:

Tulsa TV Memories

Someone on that Tulsa TV Memories sites says they have a Tulsa Public Schools cookbook. You might want to write to them and see if they can help.

I had this same request in 2010 and found a recipe that might be similar. See:

Crusty Beefeater

There are some recipes from Tulsa Public Schools here, but neither the cookies nor the crusty beefeater are included:

Tulsa World

Tulsa Public Schools did publish a cookbook in 1989. However, I could not locate a copy on the Internet, neither an electronic copy nor a print copy for sale:

Tulsa Public Schools [cookbook]
Author:    Tulsa School Food Service Administration.
Publisher:    Olathe, Kan. : Cookbook Publishers, ©1989.

You might try contacting the Tulsa Public Schools’ Child Nutrition office:

Child Nutrition 
8934 E. Latimer St, Tulsa, Ok 74115
Phone: 918-833-8673


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