Friday, March 28, 2014

Sweet Plum Bread

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

This bread was a surprise.  While making it, I honestly didn't expect to like the final product.  But when I tasted it, it was pretty good!  And I mean really good.  

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

My sister was not looking forward to this one, but when I finally convinced her to try it after my positive review, she also admitted that it was in fact really yummy!

To be honest, we were a little afraid of the side effects, I mean just look at the ingredients list!  : )  This made us a little hesitant to eat too much, but it truly did taste very good.  This would be a really great food to make children that may be sick with a, err, certain stomach problem of sorts.

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

As I was photographing this Sweet Plum Bread, a little fuzzy doggie just couldn't help but wonder what was on the table!  He also approves of this recipe.

flour for sweet plum bread recipe

Preheat your oven and grease the bottom (but not sides) of two loaf pans.  Then mix all of the dry ingredients together.  This includes 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 and 1/2 cups white flour, and 1 cup chopped walnuts.  Set this aside and then plan to mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.

how to sour milk

One of the ingredients needed is soured milk.  I'm not sure if you've used a recipe with soured milk before but just in case you haven't, simply measure out the desired amount of milk and then put a little vinegar in it.  Stir and let sit for a few minutes, and you've got soured milk!  The ratio is up to 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every 1 cup of milk, but I don't usually measure the vinegar used.

a step in making sweet plum bread

Mix together the 1 cup soured milk with 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup prune pulp, 1 beaten egg, and 1/2 cup prune juice.

How do you make prune pulp?  Well I'm going to be honest, it isn't the most difficult practice in the world.  In fact, it is quite comical but the end result, this sweet plum bread, is pretty good.

Simply pulse together 1 cup dried prunes from the grocery store with 6 tablespoons hot water in a food processor until the desired consistency is reached.

vintage 1949 Dormeyer mixer and sweet plum bread recipe

Even though it wasn't really necessary, I decided to use my vintage Dormeyer to mix everything together!  It was great fun.

Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together.  

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

Place in two loaf pans and cook for 45-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

This recipe was part of my Great Grandma's 1950 church cookbook.  It was provided by Sarah S. who is my Great Great Grandma's sister-in-law.  If interested, please find the recipe below.

Sweet Plum Bread Recipe

Sweet Plum Bread

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup sour milk (1 cup fresh milk and up to 1 tablespoon vinegar)*
  • 1 cup prune pulp (1 cup dried prunes and 6 tablespoons hot water)**
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup prune juice

Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the bottom (but not sides) of two loaf pans.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together. This includes sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, whole wheat flour, white flour, and chopped walnuts. Set aside.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients together. This includes the butter, sour milk, prune pulp, beaten egg, and prune juice.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together, but do not beat.
  5. Cook in the loaf pans for 45-60 minutes.
*The easiest way to sour milk is to add a little vinegar to fresh milk, mix, and set aside for a few minutes.  The correct ratio is 1 tablespoon vinegar for every cup milk, although I usually use a little less vinegar than this.

**To make prune pulp, pulse together 1 cup dried prunes and 6 tablespoons hot water in a food processor until mixed and the correct consistency.

Adapted and inspired by my Great Grandma's community cookbook.  The original recipe can be found in the 1950 "Cookbook compiled by WSCS" from Hanna, IN.

This is part of my 1950 Cookbook Challenge.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Life Lately...

Life has been full of adjustments and it has taken a little time to get used to my new schedule.  I am currently finding where my favorite blogging hobby fits into it all.  This is why I have been a little absent lately!

I was lucky enough to visit my grandparents recently.  I truly believe there is nothing better than visiting your grandma and grandpa!  We had a great time even though we were tricked into thinking it was springtime with such great weather on Friday.  Saturday morning was met with snow so I was glad I brought my winter coat.

We went to an auction and it was simply too fun.  I haven't been to one in years.  We had a great time finding treasures and bidding on them.  I found a Fire King fridge dish and other beautiful dishes as well.  I also found new Christmas ornaments that will work great for a small tabletop tree.  Here are a few of my favorite finds below:

A pretty green colander that got its first use washing apples for apple crisp.  My grandma had one just like this for many years and it reminds me of my childhood.  : )

A great Fire King refrigerator dish (lid not pictured).  
The creamy white reminds me of the bowls that came with my 1949 Dormeyer mixer.

Some pretty decorative bowls were also thrown in as well!  

Additional finds include two Pyrex measuring cups--one that can fill a liter of liquid--it's huge!  I also found lots of scrapbooking letters, etc.

Most importantly, however, we had great fun and were able to bond, enjoy a small town feel, and my first auction in years.  To me there is nothing better than spending time with family!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My New Mixer

I found these beautiful vintage mixers at a local antique shop and I couldn't believe my luck.  I am in love with all the pretty pastels.  If it was up to me, and I had a place to store all of them, I would so buy every single one.  But let's be realistic, what could one person do with four vintage mixers?  I'm not really sure, besides just look at them!

I originally hoped for the pink mixer that was $90.  I purchased a pink Sunbeam on Etsy but received it broken in pieces (so sad) and was looking for a replacement.

But when plugged in, the pink mixer just has that certain machine smell all Sunbeam mixers have.  I was aware of this, but it is so strong!

I also noticed this white mixer.  It isn't a Sunbeam but has so many advantages.  First of all, it comes with both bowls (just like the pink mixer).  It also comes with a juicer and meat grinder (yay!).  I would have to pay $30-45 more for this on Ebay for the pink Sunbeam.  I'm not so worried about the meat grinder, but I was so excited it had a juicer.

And best of all...this white Dormeyer mixer is...$40!!!!  So for less than half the price, I am able to get everything the pink mixer has plus the juicer, the grinder, and all without that strong machine smell.

As you can see, I am quite happy with my purchase!  I just love my new mixer.  You can find an adorable vintage add for this exact mixer from 1949 here.

Did you notice the price?  It was originally $40 as well!!  That was actually a lot of money back then.

Here is the juicer, isn't it wonderful?  It's unique in that the Sunbeam mixer juicers usually attach on top of the mixer and run parallel, not perpendicular, to the table.  The original mixer had a strainer that laid atop the small bowl.  This is the only thing my mixer did not come with, so I'm on the lookout for something to use instead.  I most likely will not be able to find it online as this is not a very popular brand.

Here is the grinder!  It can be used for things other than meat.  I tried using it with cabbage and it sort of worked, but using a modern food processor is so much more convenient that I'm not sure I'll be using the grinder attachment much.  It's still nice to have, however!

If interested, I found a cute story about a couple's Dormeyer mixer found here.

I haven't found much information on Dormeyer mixers.  I'm sure if I really tried I'd be able to find a little more although it appears the Sunbeam is definitely a little more well known.

The next recipe I share here is the first time I used my mixer to make something!  It's a recipe from my Grandma's 1950 cookbook so just around the right time period, as well.

I love kitchen supplies and decor and I love history and vintage items, so of course I am obsessed with vintage kitchen supplies!  I believe this is only the beginning of my vintage kitchen collection.  : )

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pink Champagne Cake and a Children's 1924 Presidential Party

This darling 1924 children's party book highlights ideas and recipes for a get-together on George Washington's birthday.  While President's Day was established in 1884, it was originally celebrated on his birthday, February 22nd.  It was moved to a Monday in 1971 in order to give workers more 3 day weekends (mini-history lesson source:  I personally think more 3 day weekends are a great idea.  : )

Don't you love the illustration?  I almost wish I could reprint these photos and make them into a vintage calendar or something, I just adore them!

I thought you might enjoy some of the various ideas this book offers.  The names are so creative and cute, especially the "Chopping down the Cherry Tree" game which is really a version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. 

I really want to try the recipe for Washington's birthday cake!  I wonder how different a 1920s cake tastes from our modern homemade or boxed version.  There are so so so many vintage recipes I want to try, it is hard for me to keep track!  I hope someday soon I'll get around to making this.

In case anyone is interested in purchasing their own copy, I wanted to share the book's cover.  I didn't check but I'm sure you can find it on Ebay.  My Great Grandma Jean would have been 8 years old in 1924 so she would have been a great age to enjoy the contents of this book.

This is another 1924 dessert recipe book my Grandma T. gave me.  I just love it.  It was originally 35 cents, too crazy!  Hopefully someday soon I'll make one of the recipes from this book as well.

And all this cake talk reminded me of my most recent vintage cake obsession, this Pink Champagne Cake from the most wonderful modern cookbook ever, Vintage Cakes.  It is definitely worth checking out.  I borrowed it from my library last summer and after having difficulty parting, was able to find it on Amazon for $12.

Just like I've been updating all sorts of vintage recipes, this amazing lady purchased a bakery and found a bunch of recipes that never made the move.  She made them and updated the cooking directions and ingredients to our modern era.  Her most popular is the vintage pink champagne cake, which I also believe is on the cover of the book.  

Wouldn't that be a great wedding cake flavor?  Maybe with white frosting on the outside but the same flavor?  Minus a little red food coloring?  I just love love love that cake so fluffy and with just enough sweetness (not overpoweringly sweet like so many cakes are these days).

I'm also thinking of having a dessert table and multiple smaller, normal-sized cakes.  Maybe I could have a pink champagne cake as one of the other flavors and still have that traditional white wedding cake, too!  : )

I can't wait to find the time to make more recipes from this book as well.  The pictures are just gorgeous and every single recipe is just a treasure to have.

That's all for now, I hope everyone has a great weekend!  And happy birthday, Mr. Washington! : )