Most people go to Florida for Spring Break; Brianna and I went back to Kit’s time — 1934!
We had an opportunity to make a unique apple pie from a Betty Crocker recipe book commemorating their first 15 years. The recipe came to us from Kathleen Ernst, author of the ‘Caroline’ American Girl books, many AG mysteries, and the series of Chloe Ellefson mysteries for grown-ups. If you love history, you must follow Kathleen’s blog! Brianna and I have met Kathleen and have been “groupies” for years 😉
Here’s the story of the recipe:
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I love collecting historic and/or ethnic recipes while working on each Chloe Ellefson mystery. Since Tradition of Deceit features the flour mill that gave us Gold Medal Flour and Betty Crocker—not to mention the Mill City Museum, which also celebrates the history of Pillsbury and other mills—I ended up with stacks of recipes. Fortunately, some adventurous readers volunteered to test some for me.
The mother-daughter team of Jen and Brianna wondered if I might have a recipe that would connect both the Chloe Ellefson mysteries and an American Girl character. Well, in 1936, Gold Medal Flour celebrated Betty Crocker’s 15th anniversary with a special booklet featuring a single prize recipe for each year, 1921-1936.
Jen and Brianna agreed to try the 1934 star recipe, Apple Pie With Cheese Crust, in honor of Kit, AG’s Depression-era character.
The verdict: It turned out to be the…
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