Herb Sour Cream Bread

Herb Sour Cream Bread

A Recipe from Fleischmann’s Bake-it-easy Yeast Book (1972)

About the Recipe

I love a good no-knead bread! The flavor on this bread is so delightful. It’s slightly sweet and there are just enough herbs to give it a little kick. I used fresh marjoram and thyme and dried oregano.

Full disclosure – I forgot the margarine. I put the dough in the oven for the first rise and saw it sitting on my countertop. But I baked it anyway, and it’s just as yummy. What that means though from a chemistry perspective is that it’s a little dense and a little chewy, and definitely not as crumbly as you’d want a bread to be. But the flavor is there and the flavor is great!

The recipe itself was so easy and fairly fast for a yeast bread. I can definitely see this going into rotation in my kitchen. I’m definitely going to make it again to go with a nice chowder or some chili this winter as a bread bowl. YUM!

About the Book

This is the second time I’ve baked from this delightful booklet that came from the Bonnie Slotnick grab bag, and she was so on point sending this my way. It has all of my favorite things – advertising, photographs, tried and true recipes designed to get you buying more! Whoever who put it together really took some time and put some love into the full color photos. They almost seam to echo the yeast packets, just inviting you to come try them out.

About the Glassware

This lovely little Spring Blossom one-quarter came from my mom. She gifted me the set of three casserole dishes when I went for a visit a few years ago. I saw them poking out of the back of the cabinet and just fell in love. I can remember sitting down for dinner growing up, and the smallest of these had green beans and almonds heated in the microwave just to make sure we had something green with our meal. I think of my mom every time I use them.

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup warm water (105*F – 115*F)
2 packages Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
1 cup warm dairy sour cream
6 T softened margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 t salt
1/2 t marjoram leaves
1/2 t oregano leaves
1/2 t thyme leaves
2 eggs (at room temperature)
3 3/4 – 4 3/4 cups unsifted flour

Directions:

Measure warm water into large warm bowl. Sprinkle in Fleischmann’s Yeast; stir until dissolved.

Add sour cream, margarine, sugar, salt, marjoram, oregano, thyme, and eggs. Beat in 3 cups flour until well blended, about 1 minute. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 50 minutes.

Stir down. Turn into 2 greased 1-quart casseroles. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 50 minutes. Bake at 375*F about 35 minutes, or until done. Remove from casseroles and cool on wire racks.

Raisin White Bread

Raisin White Bread

A Recipe from Fleischmann’s Bake-it-easy Yeast Book (1972)

About the Recipe

After a request for raisin bread from my husband was compounded with a weekly challenge in my favorite vintage cookbook group asking for a dish out of a vintage advertising book, I knew exactly where to turn!

Like many folks out there, yeast breads were scary for me. Little by little I’ve been trying my hand at more loaves. While this one is a little bit quirky with the mashed potatoes and starchy water used as a base, it’s absolutely stunningly delicious. The crust is crunchy and the inside is fluffy.

I used golden raisins, which are my favorite to bake with. This recipe would be very easy to substitute any kind of dried fruit into with success. Also, if you’re like me and don’t keep margarine around, just use a little vegetable oil instead of the melted margarine and it’ll work just fine.

Oh! And since you don’t have the book, here’s are the instructions that are provided on shaping the loaf:

About the Book

This was another book from the Bonnie Slotnick grab bag, and she was so on point sending this my way. It has all of my favorite things – advertising, photographs, tried and true recipes designed to get you buying more! The recipes seem pretty simple and straightforward, and all of your favorite types of yeast breads are included. I can’t wait to bake from it again!

About the Glassware

I pulled out my Fire King Meadow Green loaf pan for this one. Something about milk glass just makes the best bread.

I plated on my Old Town Blue Corelle platter. This pattern was released in 1972, so perhaps mine’s not the first Fleischmann’s Bake-it-easy loaf to find its way on to this platter…

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup warm potato water (105*F – 115*F)
2 pkgs Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
3/4 cup warm milk (105*F – 115*F)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm mashed potatoes
6-7 cups unsifted flour
2 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup margarine, melted & cooled
2 cups dark seedless raisins

Directions:

Measure potato water into large warm bowl. Sprinkle in Fleischmann’s Yeast; stir until disolved. Add milk, 2 T sugar, potatoes, and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Cover; let rise until bubbly, about 1/2 hour.

Stir down; add remaining 2 T sugar, salt and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in eggs and margarine. Add enough additional flour to make a stiff dough. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 40 minutes.

Punch dough down. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead in raisins. Divide dough in half. Cover; let rest 5 minutes. Roll each half into a 14×9-inch rectangle. Shape into loaves. Place in 2 greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 50 minutes.

Bake at 350* about 45 minutes, or until done. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.

Do-It-Yourself Casserole

Do-It-Yourself Casserole

A Recipe from Easy Ways to Delicious Meals, A Campbell Cookbook (1970)

About the Recipe

I’ve been making casseroles for years and years, and had never quite been able to articulate what’s been clearly printed in this book – the perfect proportions for a fantastic casserole. And the cardinal rule in vintage cooking applies – when a note says “very good,” you give that recipe a go!

Becky and I used some diced rotisserie chicken, and added some additional spice (Penzy’s Galena Street Rib & Chicken Rub) with our cream of chicken soup. I also added some shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top under the breadcrumbs. This is really a recipe that you can play and have fun with.

For more recipes from my Weekend at Becky’s click here!

About the book

My cousin Becky was my introduction to the wonder that is the Campbell’s Soup Cookbooks – and they are wonderful. This one belonged to her great-aunt Sylvia and there are little check marks and notes all over it.

About the glassware

This little Spice o Life Corning Ware dish belonged to my cousin Doris (Becky’s Grandma). Growing up, her whole house was a treasure trove of lovely old things. It’s easy to see where the love of keeping these little treasures alive came from in my family.

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

1 can (10.5 oz) cream of celery, chicken, or mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 to 1.5 cups cooked or canned meat, fish, or poultry (diced)
2 cups cooked medium noodles
1/2 cup cooked peas or green beans
2 T buttered bread crumbs, slightly crushed corn flakes, or herb-seasoned stuffing mix

Directions:

Combine ingredients according to the proportions listed above to create a variety of casseroles.

In 1 1/2-quart casserole, blend soup and milk. Stir in meat, noodles, and vegetable. If desired, season with a bit of finely minced onion or chopped parsley or a dash of herb such as thyme or sage. Top with crumbs, crisp cereal, or stuffing. Bake at 350*F for 30 minutes.

NOTE: Two cups cooked rice may be substituted for noodles if milk is increased to 3/4 cup.

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Orange Raisin Drop Cookies

Orange Raisin Drop Cookies

A Recipe from America’s Bake-Off 100 winning recipes from Bake-Off 28 (1978)

About the Recipe

My entire life my mom has been making cookies out of cake mixes. It feels so commonplace now that there are entire Pinterest and Tumblr boards dedicated to cake mix cookie recipes. In 1978, I bet it was a revelation.

These cookies are light and airy and just the right amount of sweet. They disappeared in lightening speed, and rightfully so. The mandarins add just a hint of orange, so it tastes like a citrus-y oatmeal raisin cookie. A winner!

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

After the Bi-Centennial event, Pillsbury made the decision to move from an annual contest to a bi-annual contest. This is the first year after a two year wait, and feels like the recipes almost got a chance to breathe and grow up a little bit. It’s a strong book and it was hard to pick just one recipe from it for this project. I can’t wait to go back for more!

About the glassware

This little Spice of Life Corning Ware dish was a gift from my cousin Bonnie. Growing up, her house was full of beautiful old things, and at a young age she taught me the value of learning the history of each antique – what’s the story? Why did people buy it? What do the different makes and makers mean? She infused this curiosity when it comes to vintage and antique pieces into me. So, you know – it’s all her fault!

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Pillsbury Plus Yellow Cake Mix
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
11 oz. can mandarin oranges, chopped and drained

Directions:

Heat oven to 350*F. Grease cookie sheets. Combine cake mix, oil and eggs; blend until smooth. Stir in oats, raisins and oranges. Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350*F for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown.

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Hot Dog Fiesta

Hot Dog Fiesta

A Recipe from America’s BAKE-OFF Cookbook 100 winning recipes from BAKE-OFF 27 (1976)

About the Recipe

The hot dog casserole, I think, is one of the great lost recipe trends of the 1960’s/70’s. Every one that I’ve tried has looked absolutely disguising on paper, but has ultimately been unbelievably delicious. This one is no different. The note on the recipe says to “hear [the kids] ask for seconds,” and I have no doubt that they will with this one!

Side note – this does one of my favorite things when it comes to biscuit toppings. The biscuit dough bakes in the casserole, and sops up the juices as it does. Then you have the crunchy top that you can than dip in the remaining sauce. It’s just so good.

Additional side note – if you’re not into beef, please take a chance and try this recipe with tofu or turkey dogs. It should work just as well.

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

It’s 1976 and it’s the United States Bi-Centennial! Pillsbury takes this opportunity to re-christen themselves to America’s Bake-Off. We get some lovely patriotic graphics, and the contestants were treated to a Boston clam bake! I love the little bit of extra nostalgia and cheese.

About the glassware

This 2.5 quart Butterfly Gold casserole came to me from a close friend who inherited it from their Nana. It’s so special and you can feel the love that went into every dish every time it’s used. I have the set of two – small and large – and they hold a special place in my heart.

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

2 T butter or margarine
1 lb. pkg. wieners, cut in 1/2 inch slices
10 3/4 oz. can condensed cream of potato or celery soup
8 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables with onion sauce, thawed
1 cup milk
1/4 t marjoram leaves
10 oz. can refrigerated biscuits
1/2 to 1 cup (2-4oz.) shredded cheddar or American Pasteurized Process Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375*F.

In 10-inch ovenproof fry pan, brown butter and wieners. Stir in soup, mixed vegetables, milk and marjoram; heat until hot and bubbly.

Separate biscuit dough into 10 biscuits; cut each into 4 pieces. Arrange over hot wiener mixture with points up.

Bake 20-25 minutes until biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately. (Refrigerate any leftovers.)

TIP: Hot meat mixture may be transferred to a 2-quart casserole. Top with biscuits; bake as directed.

To reheat, cover loosely with foil; heat at 375*F for 20-25 minutes.

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Souper Crescent Pizza

Souper Crescent Pizza

A Recipe from Bake-Off Cookbook 100 winning recipes from BAKE-OFF 26 (1975)

About the Recipe

Okay, so nothing about this recipe is particularly genius, but it is yummy and simple and fun. I love the hack of using the tomato soup as a base for the pizza sauce (apologies to my Italian friends, I’m sure that’s heresy), and I can see so many opportunities to really make this recipe your own.

In short: classic, fun, messy, delicious.

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

In this book, the crescent roll is King! Out of the 100 recipes (including the GE Microwave Winner) 49 of the recipes use the crescent rolls as a base. As someone who loves a quick dinner, this is thrilling. As someone who seeks to learn new baking techniques – oy, with the crescents already!

The good news is, this is a great book for those who are looking for quick hacks to delightful dishes.

About the glassware

I love pulling out my Federal Glass Atomic Flower snack plates. I found these at an antiques barn in North Carolina, and thought they were so cute! They’re part of a set that also has teacups, but I love them on their own.

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

8 oz. can Pillsbury refrigerated Quick Crescent or Italian Flavor Dinner rolls
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t Italian Seasoning
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped salami, cooked ham or pepperoni
10 3/4 oz. can condensed tomato soup
8 slices (12 oz.) Mozzarella or Muenster cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F. Separate crescent dough into two rectangles. Place in ungreased 13×9-inch pan; press over bottom and 1/4 inch up sides to form crust.

Blend seasonings, salami and soup; spread over crust. Top with cheese.

Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Cut into squares. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.

TIP: To reheat, wrap in foil; heat at 350*F for 12-15 minutes.

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Ham ‘n Cheese Crescent Snack

Ham ‘n Cheese Crescent Snack

A Recipe from Silver Anniversary Bake-Off Cookbook 100 winning recipes from BAKE-OFF 25 (1974)

About the Recipe

A simple, fun twist (or should I say fold?) on snack sandwiches, this recipe is a great use of the refrigerated crescent rolls. I know these days deviled ham sounds a little dubious, but it works really here. I can see these being a hit for kids and adults alike, olives and all.

I used cheddar cheese on mine, and substituted the Everything Bagel Seasoning again for the seeds. In the moment, I misread the teaspoon of topping for a tablespoon of topping, and while that doesn’t sound like a big change in theory, it was a LOT of topping. The end result for me was a bit saltier than some may prefer, but for me – heaven!

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

This sounds like an odd thing to note in a cookbook, but if you’ve looked at as many as I have in as short a span as I have it makes a massive difference – the index in the back of this book is finally arranged more closely to the modern indexes we see today. I can finally search for all things “Sandwich” and find all of the sandwich recipes. Joy!

I do love the closing sentence in the forward – “…one theme as remained the same since a quarter of a century ago — to hare with you the exciting world of cooking.” It’s so true, and I feel it every time I open one of these booklets.

About the glassware

My Old Town Blue Corelle platter at it again. An interesting history note – this pattern was developed for Corelle and there were Pyrex pieces created as a compliment instead of the other way around, which is usual. Must have been a popular pattern! And as it was released in 1970, it felt right to use with this ’74 dish.

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

8-oz. can Pillsbury Refrigerated Quick Crescent or Italian Flavor Crescent Dinner Rolls
1 t prepared mustard
1/3 cup sliced stuffed green olives or pitted rip olives, if desired
4 1/2 oz. can deviled ham
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 t sesame seed, if desired

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375*F. On ungreased 15×10-inch jelly roll pan, separate crescent dough into 2 large rectangles. Overlap long sides to form 13×7-inch rectangle; firmly press edges and perforations to seal.

In small bowl, combine mustard, olives and deviled ham. Spread ham filling lengthwise down center third of dough to within 1 inch of ends; sprinkle with cheese.

Make cuts 1 inch apart on each side of rectangle just to edge of filling. Fold ends of dough 1 inch over filling. Fold strips of dough at an angle halfway across filling, alternating from side to side. Brush with egg; sprinkle with sesame seed.

Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Refrigerate any leftovers. About 1 dozen snacks.

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One Step Boston Cream Pie

One Step Boston Cream Pie

A Recipe from Bake-Off Cook Book 100 winning recipes from Bake-Off 23 (1972)

About the Recipe

Okay – this pie – this is not a one step pie. The name of the dish is a lie. You’ve been warned.

It is however a Boston Cream Pie that bakes all at the same time with the cream already inside, which is nice. And not only that, it’s a really really good pie.

Ignore my glaze (I’ve never been good at glaze…), as I substituted honey for the corn syrup. While the flavor was spot on, it does nothing for the chemical reaction necessary to stop crystals from forming to see that beautiful smooth glaze that you see in the cookbook. That said, if you don’t have corn syrup lying around, from a flavor perspective the honey substitute was just fine.

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

It’s the debut of Poppin Fresh! That creepy, yet oddly comforting talking blob of dough that we know and love today as the primary marketing tool for Pillsbury products has finally come to be!

Let us all raise our triangles in celebration as we poke him in the belly – HOO HOO!

With this transition, we also see the forward in the book moving now to “The Pillsbury Kitchens.”

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

5 eggs
1/8 t baking powder (in egg whites)
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups flour
1/8 t baking powder (in batter)
1 t vanilla

Filling:
18 oz. can (2 cups) vanilla pudding**

Glaze:
1 t unsweetened cocoa
1 T cooking oil
1 T corn syrup
1 T plus 1 t water
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325*F Grease and flour 9-10-inch deep dish pie pan or 9-inch round cake pan.

Separate 2 eggs; beat egg whites until frothy. Add 1/8 t baking powder; beat until peaks form. Set aside.

In large bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add 2 egg yolks and 3 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Blend in flour, 1/8 t baking powder and vanilla. Mix 1 minute.

Fold 2 cups prepared batter into beaten whites. Pour remaining batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly to form a small rim. Spoon pudding over batter. (Pudding should not touch edges.) Spoon egg white batter around edge and gently spread over pudding.

Bake 20 minutes; reduce temperature to 300* and bake 40-50 minutes or until top is evenly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes.

In small saucepan, heat cocoa, oil, syrup and water, stirring until smooth. Add powdered sugar; mix well. Spread over pie. Cool 2 hours before serving.

**If desired, cook 1 package (4 serving size) vanilla pudding and pie filling mix as directed on package; cool and use as pudding.

Swiss Cheese Braid

Swiss Cheese Braid

A Recipe from Bake-Off Cook Book from Pillsbury 100 prize winning recipes from the 22nd Bake Off (1971)

About the Recipe

Wow oh wow were these loaves a hit! The beer combined with an abundance of yeast made what sounds like a heavy recipe, in actuality light, fluffy loaves of bread.

A few quick notes on some changes that I made that seemed to work well:

  • I used my KitchenAid mixer to do 90% of the mixing. I used the regular beater for the initial mix of the yeast into the first two cups of flour, than switched to the dough hook on the “Stir” setting while I added the additional flour. Once the dough was fairly set, I did a minute or so by hand to check the elasticity and texture of the dough.
  • I have a new obsession with Everything Bagel seasoning, and I just can’t resist the urge to throw it on a loaf of bread, especially when there are 2 loaves to play with. That said – go with a sprinkle, not a heaping like I did and the loaf won’t pull apart quite so much during the bake.
  • I used Guinness beer, which comes in 11.4 oz. bottles and made up the rest of the liquid volume with water, which worked fine.
  • The only processed cheese I could find at the store was American, sliced, from the deli… which also worked fine, but I can’t help but wonder how a processed Swiss or Velveeta would have worked in this recipe.

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

I hate to say it, but there’s nothing spectacularly interesting about this book. It’s a good book with several recipes that look to be easy to create, but nothing out of the ordinary. It’s almost like the editors were in the process of puzzling about what comes next. And the next book is notable indeed…

About the glassware

I can’t tell you how I ended up with two loaf pans with green patterns on it, but there you are! The Spring Blossom was a gift from my father, and the Meadow Green came from a flea market. They’re wonderful pans, and always come perfectly clean.

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

1 can (12 oz.) beer or 1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup warm water
2 T sugar
1 T salt
2 T butter or margarine
1 package (8 oz.) pasteurized process Swiss or American cheese, not natural cheese
5 cups flour
2 packages active dry yeast

Directions:

Generously grease bottom and sides of two 9×5-inch loaf pans.

In large saucepan, warm beer, water, sugar, salt, butter and cheese. (Cheese does not need to melt completely.) Cool to lukewarm (~220*F).

In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups flour with yeast; add warm (not hot) cheese mixture. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in remaining 3 cups flour to make a fairly stiff dough.

Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 45-60 minutes.

Punch down dough; divide in half and shape into two 11×5-inch rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 3 long strips, leaving strips joined at one end. Braid; place in prepared pans. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 45-60 minutes.

Bake at 350* for 40 to 45 minutes until deep golden brown and loaf sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from pan immediately; cool completely.

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Waldorf Salad Pie

Waldorf Salad Pie

A Recipe from Pillsbury’s Bake Off Cook Book prize winning recipes from the 21st Bake Off (1970)

About the Recipe

If you’re a fan of apple pie, but prefer something a little more savory than the traditional (or really want to impress some friends) than this is the apple pie recipe for you! One bite of this tender pie and you understand why Mrs. Anne Atkinson of Canton, OH won the runner up prize for it.

As good as the pie on the whole is, as always a great pie is driven by a great crust, and this one is really good. The added egg gives a little bit more structure and crunch to the pie overall. It would work well for a quiche or tart as well.

For more recipes in the Pillsbury Challenge, click here!

About the book

As we turn the page into a new decade, the contest becomes more exciting. The forward expresses a rigorous testing and is by the Editor this time around. Also of note – Bob Barker hosted the rewards luncheon pre-Price-Is-Right days!

The Recipe!

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 T sugar
1 t salt
2/3 cup solid shortening
1/4 cup cold water
1 egg
2 T butter or margarine if desired

Filling:
1-2 cups (1-2 medium) sliced cooking apples
1 cup (8.5 oz can) drained, crushed pineapple
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup (1 small stalk) chopped celery
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 T flour

Directions:

Prepare filling; set aside. (No need to sift flour; measure by lightly spooning into cup and leveling off.)

In large mixing bowl, combine flour with sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Combine water with egg; add to flour mixture, stirring lightly with fork until dough holds together. Divide dough in half. Roll out 1/2 of dough on floured surface to a circle 1″ larger than inverted 9-inch pie pan. Fit loosely into pan.

Pour filling into unbaked bottom crust. If desired, dot with butter. Roll out remaining dough for top crust; cut slits for steam to escape. Place top crust over Filling. Fold top crust under bottom crust. Seal; flute edge.

Bake at 400*F for 30-35 minutes until light golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

Filling:
In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well.