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A Little Book for A Little Cook by L. P. Hubbard (1905)   DIRECTIONS 1. Always use Pillsbury's Best Flour. 2. Sift flour twice before adding to cakes or breakfast cakes. 3. Make all measurements level by using edge of knife to lightly scrape off from top of cup or spoon until material is even with the edges. 4. Use same sized cups or spoons in measuring for the same recipe. 5. Before starting to make recipe, read through carefully, then put on table all the materials and tools needed in making that particular recipe. BREAD Material: 1/2 cup boiling water 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cake yeast 2 tablespoons cold water 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups Pillsbury's Best Way of Preparing: Soak yeast in 2 tablespoons cold water. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into 1/2 cup milk. Let cool to lukewarm. Stir in dissolved yeast and salt. Add 3 cups Pillsbury's Best. Turn onto a kneading board. Knead until smooth. Let rise until three times the original size. Knead slightly, put into a well greased pan. Let rise until double its bulk and bake 25 or 30 minutes in moderate oven. It will be well to consult some experienced person as to lightness of sponge and dough. BISCUITS Material: 1 cup Pillsbury's Best 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon cold butter 1/2 cup milk Way of Preparing: Sift flour, salt and baking powder twice. Chop butter in with a knife until mealy. Add milk for a soft dough. Place on a board with a little flour. Knead gently until smooth. Roll out to one-half inch thickness. Use small cutter and place biscuits in greased pan. Bake in a hot oven until nicely browned. GINGER BREAD Material: 1/2 cup molasses 1 cup sugar 5 tablespoons melted butter 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon soda 1 egg 2-1/2 cups Pillsbury's Best 1 cup hot water Way of Preparing: Put molasses in a bowl. Add sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and ginger. Put soda and salt in a cup and fill with hot water. Stir into first mixture. Add flour, then well beaten egg. Beat hard. Bake for thirty minutes in a well greased pan. Watch oven closely, as ginger bread burns easily. This makes a good sized cake. SPONGE CAKE Material: 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup hot water 1-1/4 cups Pillsbury's Best 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Way of Preparing: Separate eggs, beating whites to a stiff froth. Set them aside. Beat yolks until thick. Add sugar gradually, then water, salt, flour and baking powder. Beat thoroughly. Fold in whites and add vanilla. Bake twenty minutes in a buttered and floured shallow pan in moderate oven. MUFFINS Material: 1/3 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 2 cups Pillsbury's Best 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk Way of Preparing: Beat butter, sugar and egg until creamy. Add milk little at a time, stirring in gradually flour sifted with salt and baking powder. Grease muffin pan, heat slightly, put in mixture and bake in quick oven. CREAMED POTATOES Material: 6 medium potatoes 3 tablespoons Pillsbury's Best 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1-1/2 cups milk Way of Preparing: Pare potatoes, cut into dice, wash in cold water. Cover with boiling water, salt and place on range. Boil until tender, but not mealy. Have ready the cream dressing. This is made by rubbing flour and butter together, adding the milk, salt and pepper, and cooking in double boiler, stirring constantly until like custard. Drain potatoes of water, let them steam a moment, then stir lightly into dressing. Serve hot. FUDGE Material: 1-1/2 tablespoons butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons molasses 1 square chocolate 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Way of Preparing: Melt butter in a granite pan. Add sugar, milk and molasses, stirring gently until sugar is dissolved. Boil slowly without stirring for five minutes. Add chocolate square and stir until melted. Boil again until a little of mixture dropped in cold water seems brittle. Take from range, add vanilla, beat until it begins to thicken, then pour into a buttered pan. Cool and mark into squares. CHOCOLATE CAKE Material: 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1 scant cup Pillsbury's Best 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 square melted chocolate 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Way of Preparing: Stir butter, egg and sugar until creamy. Add milk little at a time, stirring in gradually flour, sifted with baking powder. Now stir in melted chocolate, add vanilla and beat hard. Bake twenty minutes in a greased shallow pan. LITTLE TALKS WITH LITTLE COOKS The table around which the household gathers three times a day furnishes the chief opportunity for showing the results of good training, whether received in school or home. We show our unselfishness in preferring one another, anticipating one another's wants. On the table is shown the result of the unselfish thought and care of the chief home-maker. The labor connected with the preparation of the meal is either a burden or a pleasure as one's previous training has made possible. We get the best training for active life, in other than household work, early in life, at school and home. Why not learn to be good home-makers while still young? We like to do what we do well. If we learn early, we learn easily and well—the work is a pleasure and success is assured. Beginners should master the little recipes included in this book. They require only a small amount of material, but enough for success. THE TALE OF THE LOAF ON THE SHELF This is the tale that was told to me By a loaf of home-made bread, you see, As it sat one night on the pantry shelf— A loaf on each side of it—just like itself, While grouped around stood the pies and cakes, The good old kind like mother makes, And one and all then and there confessed That they owed their existence to Pillsbury's Best. I seem to trace through the distant haze My byegone life in the good old days; I see in my vision a field of wheat— I knew I was there that the world might eat— I drank of the showers and the morning dew; In the noonday sun I throve and grew— Grew on the verge of a sunny crest, Just as fast as I could for Pillsbury's Best. And when I had grown both tall and strong The reapers came—a merry throng— And through the fields they wend their way, Just to and fro through the livelong day. Perhaps they were rude—for they cut me dead— But what if they did?—I kept my head And turned on my back and laughed in glee At the thought of the good, good flour I'd be. I know I was good, yet the day came at last When they said I'd be better if soundly thrashed. Please pardon me here—I can't dwell on this much, The subject is painful—my feelings are such. Oh my! but the straw, it flew high in the air And the chaff chaffed unceasing, but I didn't care, My laughter rang forth with increased vim and zest, My chastisement I knew—just meant Pillsbury's Best. And then came the time when I journeyed away To the mills where the "Roller Mills" roll all day, And all of them smiled with a happy grin And welcomed us poor little wheatlets in; Oh! the grind of life—I was grasped and seized, I really can't say I was very much pleased; But to say the least, I was much impressed, And when I got through I was Pillsbury's Best. The mills where the roller mills roll all day And now in the latest fashions gay In the big round world I have my say, For in this most becoming sack, Please note the hang—both front and back, I journey far from the land of my birth To feed the hungry hordes of Earth; For those who know ne'er fail to say That Pillsbury's flour o'er the world holds sway. To the kitchen I go—to the bakers who bake The bread and the cookies, the pies and the cake; It was there that I met the package of yeast Who raised the dough for the coming feast, And that's why I sit and talk to-night, For to-morrow I know I'll be out of sight; So I'll toast myself ere this tale I close, To Pillsbury's Best, the flour one knows. This is the tale of the loaf on the shelf. As told to me by the loaf itself. Pillsbury's BEST

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