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Apple Muffins

I haven't tried this Apple Muffin recipe yet. Am thinking that since apples taste great with cheddar cheese, these muffins probably would, too.

Many people swear that Granny Smith apples are best for baking, but you can bake with pretty much any red apple (except for Red Delicious) available in your grocery store.  I don't know why, but Red Delicious aren't considered a great choice for baking. 

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Apple Muffins
1940s recipe from old Betty Crocker advertising

Sift together into bowl:
   2 cups sifted flour
   1/4 cup sugar
   1/2 tsp. salt
   4 tsp. baking powder
   1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Blend in:
   1 well-beaten egg

   1 cup milk (use whole or 2% for best results)
   1/4 cup shortening, melted and cooled

Stir just enough to mix the ingredients.

Carefully fold in:
   1 cup sliced apples that have been sweetened with 1/4 cup sugar

Pour into well greased muffin pan. Fill each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes in a moderately hot oven (400°F).

Serve piping hot. Makes 12 medium-sized muffins.


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I want this 1950s apple shaped cookie jar. Alas, by the time I found it online, it had already been sold.

Recipe via Recipe Curio
Image via Muggsey and Mae

Retro Breakfast: Buttermilk Waffles and Orange-Maple Sauce

Today's recipes come from this 1968 promotional calendar from Wallace's Oil Company of Framingham, Massachusetts.

1968 calendar

1968 recipe breakfast

Buttermilk Waffles
recipe from 1968 promotional advertising 

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. salt
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 egg whites

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Combine egg yolks, buttermilk and melted butter; add to sifted dry ingredients, beating until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into batter, gently but thoroughly. Pour batter onto hot waffle iron, following manufacturer's instructions. Bake until iron stops steaming and waffles are brown. Makes 6 servings.

Orange-Maple Sauce

1 1/2 cups maple-blended syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 tbsp. grated orange rind

Combine ingredients in saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes. Serve warm over waffles or pancakes. Makes 2 1/3 cups.


We moved into a house with a dishwasher in 1972. It was my mother's first dishwasher. 

She has never once used it. 

She still has that dishwasher. And she still uses it to drip-dry dishes she washes by hand.

I wonder if this 1960s mother ever used a dishwasher?


Recipe via Shelley's Mom
Image via pieshops

Retro Aunt Jemima Recipe: Penny-Cakes

I loved Aunt Jemima as a kid. Then I grew up, learned the concept of racial stereotypes and my feelings about Aunt Jemima as an advertising icon changed considerably.

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recipe from vintage Aunt Jemima advertising

Just slice frankfurters into "pennies" one-fourth inch think. Place on hot fry pan or grill. Prepare Aunt Jemima Pancake batter as directed. Pour over each frankfurter cluster. Flip them once. Serve immediately with hot syrup or barbecue sauce.


See the sink in this 1942 photo? I had that same exact sink — with the same faucet and and metal cabinet underneath — in one of my old apartments in Salem, Massachusetts. Didn't have that awesome stove, though.


Recipe via Pinterest
Image via Shorpy

Retro Streusel: Fruit Yogurt Coffee Cake

This is a recipe I've been meaning to try. Though, I will probably double the Streusel. (I do the same thing with cake frosting recipes.)

Recipe from old ad

Fruit Yogurt Coffee Cake
recipe from old Bisquick advertising

2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
3/4 cup fruit-flavored yogurt (about 8 oz.)
1 tsp. vanilla
Streusel (below)

Heat oven to 375˚. Grease square pan, 8 x 8 x 2 inches. Mix all ingredients except Streusel; beat vigorously 1 minute. Spread into pan; sprinkle with Streusel. Bake until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 min.; cut into squares. Makes 9 servings.

Streusel: Mix 1/4 cup Biquick, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tbsp. firm butter or margarine until crumbly. Stir in 1 tbsp. grated lemon or orange peel, if desired.

High altitude directions (3500 to 6500 feet): heat oven to 400˚. Decrease baking mix to 1 1/2 cups; add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.

Via Eudaemonius

Retro Brunch: Party Pancakes


1956 party pancake recipe

Aunt Jemima Party Pancakes
1956 recipe, makes 14 to 16 pancakes

2 cups Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix
1 egg
2 cups milk
2 tbsp. butter or shortening

Add milk, egg and shortening to the Aunt Jemima pancake mix, stirring lightly. Bake on hot, lightly greased griddle, turning only once. 

For chocolate pancakes: use chocolate milk instead of regular milk.

For strawberry pancakes: use strawberry milk instead of regular milk.

For eggnog pancakes: omit the egg and use only one cup regular milk plus one cup eggnog.

When serving several persons, stack pancakes and keep warm in oven.

Serve six dollar-size pancakes per person, topping each with whipped cream and sprinkling with nutmeg.

Via Kitchen Historic

Retro Recipe for Homemade Doughnuts

At least once in your life, you really should try a homemade doughnut. Trust me.

I found a doughnut recipe in this Delightful Cooking booklet. I'm guessing it's from the 1920s.

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Here is the doughnut recipe. Click the image to enlarge it.

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3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. Mazola
1 cup sour or buttermilk
5 cups sifted pastry flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. mace or nutmeg

Thoroughly mix first five ingredients. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and spice, and add to first mixture. Mix thoroughly but lightly and roll out on slightly floured board. Cut with doughnut cutter and fry in deep hot Mazola.

If sweet milk (that is, whole milk) is used (instead of buttermilk), eliminate baking soda and use 4 tsp. baking powder.

Crullers may be made by using above recipe — after rolling out the dough, cut in strips, twist and fry in deep Mazola.

Click here for a recipe for easy muffins.

Via Shelf Life Taste Test

Retro Breakfast Drink Recipe

This recipe comes from a 1959 ad for Quaker Oats.

Vintage breakfast drink recipe

Breakfast in a Glass
1 serving

1 cup milk
1/3 cup cooked oatmeal - cooled
1/3 cup crushed strawberries - fresh or frozen
sugar - to taste
vanilla - to taste
For each serving of Breakfast In A Glass, put 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup cool, cooked oatmeal in mixer or other container.

Add 1/3 cup crushed strawberries (fresh or frozen) or other fruit; add sugar to taste and vanilla if desired.

Blend in mixer or blender... or use electric or hand beater until smooth. 

Serve immediately.

Add some retro to your tomato juice

This 1960 ad from Sunkist suggests you squirt some fresh lemon juice into your tomato juice.

I don't drink tomato juice. Not even as a Bloody Mary. Very strange, I know. But I do love lemons. And they look so pretty in this ad, I couldn't resist.

Tomato juice 1960

Click here for another retro way to doctor up your tomato juice.

Via Pinterest

What do you call a retro recipe that's a cross between muffins and quick bread? Bruffins.

I found this recipe in a 1959 issue of Co-ed magazine. Co-ed billed itself as the magazine "for girls and homemakers of tomorrow."

1959 dole recipe

Here's the 1959 recipe for Dole Tropical Bruffins.

1 can (8 3/4 or 9 oz.) Dole Crushed Pineapple
2 bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup Grapenuts cereal
2 cups biscuit mix
1 teaspoon salt

For glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, unsifted
2 tablespoons pineapple syrup

Preheat oven to 425˚ and grease muffin tins. Reserve 2 tablespoons of syrup from the pineapple for glaze. Slice bananas and mash with fork. Combine sugar, egg and milk; mix well, then add Grapenuts, undrained pineapple, banana, biscuit mix and salt. Stir mixture about 25 strokes until blended but not smooth. Spoon into muffin tins, almost to the top, and bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend glaze ingredients in small bowl until smooth. Loosen bruffins with small knife and while still hot, place each, top side down, into the glaze. Transfer to cooling rack.

Makes 6, large enough to slice, using 3 1/4-inch tins — or 12, using 2 1/2-inch tins.

Click here for an awesome retro breakfast idea from Aunt Jemima.