A Good Summer Dessert

24 Jul

When my Mum died, most of my inheritance consisted of a massive collection of cookbooks that she had inherited from her mother. If you need a recipe from the 20s, 30s, or 40s, I’m your girl. A lot of them are teaching women how to get the most out of their new “electric ice box”.  I’ve often joked that my grandmother could have fed Coxey’s army with a pound of ground beef and a handful of oatmeal – and I know where she found the recipe!

And so, without further ado, I give you . . Ribbon Ice Box Cake. I found this in a booklet featuring “Pet Condensed Milk; Irradiated for extra Vitamin D”. The recipe includes amount for fixing two, four, or six servings, but I always make six. No more trouble to make enough for several meals.

Mix together . . . 2 whole eggs, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, well   drained, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Save the pineapple juice.

Cook over boiling water for about 4 minutes, or until thickened.  Chill.

Meanwhile, dissolve 1 package orange gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup                pineapple juice, 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind (optional), 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Cool, then add 1/2 cup Pet Milk.  Grease an 8×4 bread pan with Crisco or similar product.  Pam doesn’t work.

Chill until mixture begins to thicken. Beat with a rotary egg beater or and electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Pour half of the gelatin into your prepared pan, and cover with a layer of graham crackers. Top the graham crackers with the pineapple mixture, cover the pineapple with a layer of crackers, and then pour in the rest of the gelatin. Chill until firm.

To serve, run a knife around the edge of the pan, cover with a plate and flip it over.

This is one of The Squire’s favorite desserts.  Enjoy!

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5 Responses to “A Good Summer Dessert”

  1. Alien Resort July 25, 2019 at 12:24 am #

    Sounds like back then irradiated was a good thing.

    • thisendoftheswamp July 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      Apparently it was. Of course it begs the question of how they increase the Vitamin D today.

  2. AJ July 25, 2019 at 12:37 am #

    Oh that does sound good. I have a couple of my grandma’s cookbooks and the recipes always work!

  3. Garfield Hug July 26, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    You are the beneficiary of cooking history and I hope one day those cookbooks can go into a heritage museum for food. I am wondering how much food recipes have changed over the years as compared to yesteryears! I guess in the old days, there were less processed ready foods and everything has to be made from scratch.

    • thisendoftheswamp July 26, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

      We prefer to use a little ‘boxed food” as possible. I still make all of our bread. I think food tastes better when you make it yourself – and you know what’s in it.

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