Princess Charlotte Pudding

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Sometimes as we move into a new year, one more special dinner party confronts us: a birthday, a visit from someone special. A unique dessert can be the crowning touch to that occasion. For me that dessert is Princess Charlotte. You might even try it some evening, just for those you love. Ingredients 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin 6 tablespoons cold water 1 tablespoon cornstarch 6 tablespoons sugar 2 egg yolks 2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 pint whipping cream … Read More

Betty’s Swedish Pepparkakor

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Pepparkakor are the most traditional of all Swedish Christmas cookies. The fragrance of these cookies, along with their attractive appearance, combine to make them a vital part of the Christmas celebration. Each family, or at least each village, in Sweden seems to have its own version of this recipe. This was my mother’s, or perhaps my maternal grandmother’s. 1 cup butter 1 and 1/2 cups sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon dark corn syrup 2 teaspoons soda 1 tablespoon warm … Read More

Elizabeth’s Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

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Ingredients 4 quarts popped popcorn (unbuttered and plain) 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup butter 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions Place sugar, molasses, water, butter, and salt in a saucepan. Cook, stirring continually, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring until the mixture reaches 270 degrees or until a small drop of the mixture forms a hard ball when added to cold water in a water glass. This process may take several … Read More

Betty’s Apple Pie

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Piecrust This piecrust can be used with many different fillings. For one double crust (or two single crust pie shells): 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup shortening 1 teaspoon sea salt 6 tablespoons cold water Sift the flour and salt together. Cut shortening into flour with dough blender or spatula. Sprinkle cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over the mixture. Lightly mix until dough is formed. Divide into two balls. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until chilled. Roll each ball … Read More

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