Grandma's Kitchen: Nov. 11, 2016

Linda H. Muir

I had some fun hunting some of the recipes moms made back when I was a kid. I hope you found one or more you like, so you can make a old favorite.

Grape-Nuts Puff Pudding

Recipe from a Grape-Nuts box from the 1950s

1 tsp grated lemon rind
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar (1/2 cup honey may be substituted for sugar)
2 egg yolks, well beaten
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp flour
1/4 cup Grape-Nuts
1 cup milk
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

1. Cream the lemon rind and butter together until well blended.

2. Add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, and beat well. Add lemon juice, flour, cereal and milk, mixing well. (Mixture will look curdled, but this will not affect finished product.) Fold in egg whites.

Turn into greased baking dish and place in pan of hot water. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

When done, the pudding has a cake-like layer on top with custard below. Serve warm or cold, with plain or whipped cream.

Serves 6

Chocolate Scotcheroos

Retro recipe from 1960s Nestle's advertising

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies
1 cup (6-oz. pkg. Nestle's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup (6-oz. pkg.) Nestle's Butterscotch Morsels

1. Combine sugar and syrup in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove form heat. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. Add Rice Krispies; stir well until blended. Press mixture into 13x9-inch pan.

2. Melt Nestles chocolate and butterscotch morsels together over very low heat or over hot but not boiling water, stirring until well-blended. Remove from heat; spread evenly over Rice Krispies mixture. Cool until firm. Cut into bars.

Makes 48 bars, 2x1 inches each.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie

1967 recipe from old Philadelphia Cream Cheese advertising


8-oz. package of softened Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla


1 egg; mix well.

Spread on bottom of deep, 9-inch unbaked pastry shell.


1¼ cups canned pumpkin

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Dash of salt

Mix well.

Blend in:

2 slightly beaten eggs

1 cup evaporated milk

Carefully pour over cheese mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 to 70 minutes or until done. Cool.


recipe from 1964 Dole advertisement

1 20-oz. can Dole Crushed Pineapple
2 cups biscuit mix (Bisquick will do)
1 large egg
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon or 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1. Drain pineapple, saving 2/3 cup of syrup.

2. Thoroughly mix the syrup, biscuit mix, egg and white sugar. Pour into greased 8- or 9-inch square pan.

3. Cover the top evenly with the crushed pineapple. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and a little cinnamon or nutmeg.

4. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Spanish Chicken Loaf

From "Sue Swanson's recipe box" in 1951 Swanson advertising

2 cups cooked rice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
3/4 cup tomato juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
2 6-oz. cans Swanson Chicken
2 tbsp diced pimiento 
1 tsp minced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced green pepper

1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly, and pour into well-greased loaf pan. Bake in a moderate 350-degree oven until firm, about 40 minutes.

2. Loosen sides from pan and unmold onto tray.

Makes 8 servings

Linda's Note: Green pepper rings, pimiento and hard-cooked egg slices make colorful garnish.