When I read "hard sauce," I thought alcohol-spiked sauce. No such luck.
recipe from 1920 KC Baking Powder advertising
2 cups sifted pastry flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
about 3/4 cup milk
cinamon or nutmeg
Sift together, three times, the flour, baking powder and salt; work in the shortening and mix to a dough with milk as needed; roll into a square sheet one-third inch thick and cut into four pieces. Lay a cored and pared apple on each piece, fill the center with sugar and cinnamon, then draw up the paste to cover the apple, make smooth, and bake on a buttered dish. When nearly baked, brush over with milk, dredge with granulated sugar, and return to the oven. Serve hot with hard sauce.
Hard Sauce recipe
Beat half a cup of butter to a cream, gradually beat in one cup of sugar. Grate nutmeg over the top.
In my grandmother's day, being called a "little dumpling" would have put a smile on her face.
Today it sounds like a fat-shaming term.
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