My grandmother, Florence Bowden Milne left us a spiral bound notebook, written entirely by hand. The notebook was begun about the time of her marriage to my grandfather, Joseph A. Milne in 1906. In it she left a treasure chest of family information and wonderful clues to life back in the early 1900's.
P.S. That's my grandmother in the group picture of the ladies in the right column of this blog. She’s the one in the center.
TODAY’S RECIPE IS FOR PARKER HOUSE ROLLS
Here’s my transcription of the recipe. There are some words in doubt, but I’ll do the best I can.
Put 3 Tablespoons of butter
2 “ “ of sugar
1 Tea “ “ of salt
2 cups “ hot milk in bowlWhen luke warm add1 cake of yeast disolved in a quarter of cup of luke warm water and3 cups flour Beat well cover and let rise till light Stick a knife down center of dough add2 1/2 cups of flour knead and return to bowl to rise untill double _ Toss it on biscuit board _____ one third inch think cut with biscuit cutter. Dip handle of spoon in flour make think crease across each biscuitBrush with melted butter fold and place in butter pans one inch apart let rise untill lightBake in oven (hot) 15 minutes
I have never tried any of my grandmother’s recipes. I suppose one day I should. However, anyone who knows me, knows I’m not “into” cooking. Preserving these recipes from the early 1900’s though, does allow us to take a look back and that time in our history.
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