In my Home Page message recently I wrote that I’ve been trying to learn more about the lives of some of my ancestors as part of a new book project. I pointed out that the ordinary possessions from a life may be valuable aids to memory or even to factual research.
One of the items I mentioned was my grandmother’s recipe book:
Every blank page of her recipe book has been covered with recipes handwritten or clipped from newspapers, clues to the household’s prosperity and interests. Liver Sausage; canning beef by the cold method; chow chow and mince meat from green tomatoes. (Our short growing season probably meant they ate more tomatoes green than ripe.) Many kinds of cucumber pickles, beefsteak and oysters, venison mincemeat for pies, suet pudding, Bavarian cream, dandy ice cream, Jelly Roll, mustard and catsup, taffy, cracker jack, peanut brittle and cream puffs.
-- from “Looking for Grandmother”
Linda's Home Page Message for the Winter Solstice, 2011
Here is the recipe for that “dandy ice cream” mentioned in my Grandmother Cora’s recipe book.
Dandy Ice Cream --- Cora Baker Hey
1 quart milk
Let come to a boil
Mix 1 pint sugar and 1/2 Cup flour together
Add to boiling milk
Cook two minutes, stirring constantly.
As it’s taken from the stove, add beaten yolks of two eggs – keep the whites for later.
(I added a couple handfuls of chocolate chips while it was hot and made chocolate ice cream.)
When cold, add 1 quart cream, 2 stiffly beaten egg whites, and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
(If you toss in chocolate chips at this point, they don’t melt-- but they do sink to the bottom of the bowl.)
You need not have an ice cream freezer; just place ice cream in the freezing compartment of your refrigerator for six hours or so. Because the ice cream sets up very hard, consider freezing it in small containers so it will warm more quickly to be extracted from the container. We usually get it out of the freezer a half hour or more before serving.
I hadn’t seen flour as an ingredient in ice cream before, but an online search and our own experience proves that the ice cream has a smooth, custard-like consistency.
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For more information:
"Looking for Grandmother" the Home Page Message for Winter, 2011
may be found in the Home Page Message Archives if it is no longer on the Home Page.
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