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Banana Cheesecake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Trish 
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 8:51 AM
Subject: Banana Cheesecake recipe

Dear Phaedrus,

I have a friend that loves bananas, and for her birthday I would love 
to make her a banana cheesecake. The Cheesecake Factory has a great one 
on the menu at they sell at their restaurant. Is there a way you could 
find one like that?? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Hello Trish,

There are copycat recipes for Cheesecake Factory Banana Cream Cheesecake on these pages:

Razzle Dazzle recipes


Cushman's Bakery

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jo-Ann 
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 1:07 PM
Subject: Recipe search


I know this is a long shot, but my mother has asked me to help her find 
a cookbook that she "believes" was published in the 1960s by Cushman's 
Bakery in Portland, Maine. They were also located in Lynn, Massachusetts. 
Unfortunately, I don't have the names of the specific recipes, but she was 
told they published an actual cookbook with all of their recipes in it. 
If you can help, that would be great. If not - thank you for your time.


Hi Jo-Ann,

I cannot find any evidence that Cushman's ever published a cookbook with ALL of their recipes in it. They published a newsletter called "Cushman's Weekly Bulletin" that included recipes and they published a book of sandwich recipes called "Cushman's Sandwich Book".

Maine Memory
I found two used copies of "Cushman's Sandwich Book" for sale:


Scotch Cookies

While searching for information on Cushman's, I found the below recipe:

Cushman's Bakery Scotch Cookies

Secret’ Scotch Cookie Recipe

1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup shortening
½ cup molasses
1 egg
3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mace
¼ cup milk

“Cream sugar, shortening, molasses and egg. Sift dry ingredients and 
beat in, along with the milk. Drop by tablespoonful onto greased sheets. 
Press down lightly with floured glass. Bake, but do not overbake.”


This recipe comes courtesy of the Chebeague Island Parents Association 
and appears in "Chebeague Island Cooking", an outstanding guide to ancient 
Maine cuisine and available when you send $8 to: 
Sheila Putnam, Box 135, Chebeague Island, Maine, 04017.

Woolworth's Apple Dumplings

From: "Reuben " 
Subject: Woolworth's Apple Dumpling with Puff Pastry and Vanilla Custard recipe
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:11 AM


I found the recipe for 
"Woolworth's Apple Dumpling with Puff Pastry and Vanilla Custard 
Sauce", as given by a Woolworth's manager and published in
a Lewiston, Maine newspaper in 1995. 

The original recipe and newspaper article are in the
Google newspaper archive and the link to the article 
is at the bottom of this page, below the recipe.


Woolworth's Apple Dumpling with Puff Pastry and Vanilla Custard Sauce

Apple Dumpling with Puff Pastry

16 puff pastry squares
16 apples, peeled and cored
8 oz sugar
1/8 oz cinnamon

Cut three 10-inch by 15-inch puff pastry's into sixteen 5" by 5" squares. 
You will have two left over. Drain apples. Place one apple in the center 
of each pastry square. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Place 1/2 ounce mixture 
into the cored cut-out center of each apple. 

Brush edges of pastry with water. Cover apples with puff squares by
lifting up each corner and place one corner on top of the other.
Pinch dough with fingers to seal. Place apple dumplings on
lightly greased sheet pans with folded corners up.
Wash top and sides with egg wash.

Bake 380 - 400 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Makes 16

Vanilla Custard Sauce (yields 1 quart four ounches sauce):

1 (4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
8 oz cold milk
3/4 quart milk (3 cups)
2 oz raisins
1/2 tsp vanilla.

Dissolve pudding mixin cold milk. Heat remaining 3/4 quart of
milk to 185 degrees F. Add puding mix. Cook and stir until 
thick, about 8 minutes. Add raisins and vanilla.
Remove from heat. Place in stainless steel pot. Serve warm.
Yield: 1 oz ladles, 24; 1 1/2 oz ladles, 18. You can serve
vanilla custard sauce over bread pudding. Enjoy!

Source: Woolworth's manager Rafael, Maine Mall, 318 Main Mall 
Road, South Portland, Maine - 1995

Published in the Lewiston, Maine - Sun Journal newspaper, Jun 5, 1995

Link to original newspaper article in Google newspaper archive:

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Barbara 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:57 PM
Subject: Re Woolworth Apple Dumpling - 04/04/11

Phaed,  I think the recipe numbers are incorrect.  Doing the math with the 10-inch 
by 15-inch puff pastry, I come up with six rather than sixteen dumplings.  So, I 
think all of the 16's in the recipe should be 6's.  Six apples, six puff pastry squares, 
"Makes 6" servings.

Please let me know if I'm wrong; I can't figure it out any other way as it is.

Thanks again for the site!


Hi Barbara,

Look at the sugar and cinnamon. It says put 1/2 oz of the sugar and cinnamon mixture in each apple. If you have 16 apples, then 8 ounces of sugar would give you sixteen 1/2 ounce portions. So 16 apples appears to be right.

What's confusing is the 10" by 15" puff pastry. You'd need three of those to make 16 of the 5" by 5" squares. The wording is confusing, saying "pastry's" instead of "pastries", and not saying how may sheets it would take.

5" x 5" x 16 = 400 square inches

10" x 15" = 150 square inches x 3 sheets = 450 square inches.

You were on the right track, but went in the wrong direction. If you went for fewer apples, you'd need to cut the sugar,


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