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Peanut Butter Spread

From: Gayla 
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:19 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 

Greetings,
I am looking for a recipe for a peanut butter spread served at a restaurant in Biloxi(sic) or Gulfport MS in the 80's.
I was in college and had went there with a friend. We had eaten our meal and was ready to leave when I decided to 
taste what was in the bowl on the table. It was the most delicious spread. We stayed and I ate the whole bowl with 
crackers. Unfortunately I don't remember the restaurant name but it was on the ocean. The spread was light ,sweet 
and tasted of peanut butter.
I haven't had any luck. 
Thanks,
Gayla

Hi Gayla,

Gosh, Gayla, that’s not enough information to really do any good. Need a unique name for the spread or the name of the restaurant. There is a Facebook page for Old Biloxi recipes. You might try posting a request on that page.

See:
Old Biloxi Recipes

Phaed


Baker's Fun Fest Cake

From: Judith . 
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 2:17 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: Baker's Chocolate Fun-Fest Cake

This receipe was popular in the fifties.  It was a loaf-style marble cake.  
I think the  recipe came from the Baker's chocolate company.  I would love to have it.  
Thank you – Judith 

Hi Judith,

The only place that I can find this recipe is a graphic of the actual Baker’s ad from 1951. The graphic is just at the edge of readability, and I cannot read the text, so I won’t attempt to decipher it. I attempted enhancing it, enlarging it, etc, but nothing made it more readable.

Perhaps you can do better at enhancing the graphic. If not, then it might be worth it to you to spend $10.00 to purchase the ad itself in order to get the recipe. The ad is for sale here:

Baker's Chocolate Ad and here:
Baker's Chocolate Ad Again

Phaed

From: Judith S. Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:55 AM To: Phaedrus Subject: Re: Baker's Chocolate Fun-Fest Cake Thank you so very much for going to this trouble. I really appreciate it and this is so nice of you. I will purchase the ad and perhaps with my reading glasses and a magnifying glass I can figure it out. At the "tender-young-age" of 63 I have problems with fine print. (And my husband is an ophthalmologist). Should I be able to get the recipe, would you like me to send it to you should anyone else want it? I collect cookbooks and recipes from the 50's. That was before doctors "invented" cholesterol and saturated fat. Thanks again, Judith

From: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com Subject: Re: Baker's Chocolate Fun-Fest Cake To: "Judith" Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 9:29 AM Hi Judith, You’ll probably be able to read the ad with your reading glasses. I imagine they made the graphic unreadable on purpose, so someone would buy the ad itself. Yes, if you can decipher the ad, please send me the recipe. Thanks! Phaed

Hi Phaedrus,
With reading glasses and a lighted magnifying glass I can finally share the recipe I mentioned; the loaf-style marble cake from Baker's Chocolate.
 
CHOCOLATE FUN-FEST CAKE:
 
1-square Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate, melted
 
2 tablespoons water                   
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. soda
2 cups sifted cake flour (they mention Swans Down)
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. salt---(I'm pretty sure it's 3/4 tsp.)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs unbeaten
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons of milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
 
Combine melted chocolate, water, 1 tablespoon sugar and soda.  Blend  well and cool.
 
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
 
Cream shortening and  sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs and beat thoroughly.  
Add flour alternating with milk  until smooth.  Add Vanilla and blend.
 
Add 1/4 of the batter to the chocolate mixture mixing only enough to blend.
 
Butter & flour a 10 x 5 loaf pan.  Put large spoonfulls of batter into the pan  alternating chocolate  and plain batter.  
With knife carefully cut through batter just to incorporate.  Bake at 350 for  1-hour and 5-minutes.  
 
(They don't give the  recipe for chocolate frosting.)  
The only thing I'm not sure about  is that I'm reading 3/4 of a  tsp. of salt.  But it doesn't look like 1/4 tsp.
 
I hope you enjoy this.   Best wishes, Judith
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I think I was able to read the recipe from the photo posted.
I hope this is correct.         Timm in Oregon
 
Chocolate “Fun-Fest” Cake
 
Ingredients:

1 square Baker’s unsweeten chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon soda
2 cups sifted Swans Down cake flour
1-1/2 teaspoon Calumet baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Combine melted chocolate, water, 1 tablespoon and soda; blend thoroughly. Cool mixture.

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt and sift together three times. 
Cream shortening, add sugar gradually and cream together until light and fluffy. 
Then add egg and beat thoroughly. Add flour, alternately with milk, a small amount 
at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Add vanilla; blend. 
Add 1/2 of the batter to the chocolate mixture, mixing only enough to blend.

Use 10x5x3 inch loaf pan which has been lined on bottom with paper. Put large spoonfuls 
of batter into pan, alternating plain and chocolate mixtures. Then with a knife, cut 
carefully through batter once in a wide zigzag course. Bake in moderate oven (350°F) 
for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until done. Spread with chocolate frosting. 
(See frosting recipe on package.)

Homemade Dog Food

From: Pat
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:21 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: dog food

Do you know of any recipes like soft canned dog food?

Pat 

Hi Pat, There are dozens of kinds of canned dog food, and there are many recipes for homemade dog food. There’s one here:
Homemade Dog Food

I don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll have to be more specific, I guess.

Or, you can go to Google and search for yourself using these keywords:

recipe homemade dog food

Phaed


Entenmann's Butter Cake

From: barbara 
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 5:11 PM
To: phaedrus@hungrybrowser.com 
Subject: butter cake

Many years ago Entemann made a square butter cake.  It was delicious but was discontinued.  
I heard it was due to the numerous fires in their ovens when baking it. I don't know if it was true but my family loved it.  
I believe it was a yeast dough with sugar, cinnamon & butter on top.   
Can you find it?   
Barbara      

Hello Barbara,

If Entenmann’s actual recipe were available, it would be a commercial recipe for use in a commercial bakery, not something you could use in your kitchen. I had no success locating a copycat recipe for this particular cake, sorry.

There are other butter cake recipes here:

St Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Butter Cake

Phaed


"My dinner was ready. It was composed of turtle soup made of the most delicate hawks bills, of a surmullet (a bottom dwelling tropical fish with two barbels on the chin.) served with puff paste(the liver of which, prepared by itself, was most delicious), and fillets of the emperor-holocanthus (a kind of angelfish), the savour of which seemed to me superior even to salmon."
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

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