Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 3:41 M
Subject: Morton's Frozen Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Hi Kim again,
I thought your site said one request at a time so I sent these separately. When I was a kid we bought
maybe just a few times..a frozen box of little donuts you baked and shook them In the cinnamon sugar
hot from the oven. They were called Morton’s as above noted. I was so impressed by the taste I never
forgot them…but i've never seen them again. Would you have any idea of a recipe..these were baked not
fried and as mentioned came frozen. Thanks.
I remember those “sugar and spice mini-donuts”. There was also a powdered sugar-covered variety.
There’s a recipe here: Sugar & Spice
These cinnamon - sugar mini-muffins are said to taste just like them: Cinnamon Sugar Muffins
According to this site, you can get something similar at Whole Foods –
Kinnikinnick Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Schwan's food delivery has a similar product. You can also order them over the Internet at: Schwan's
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2017 12:54 AM
Subject: Brown Dog Pudding
I am looking for a recipe for a friend of mine. She said her mother in law use to make it for Christmas.
It was very dark and she hung it in the pantry and then served it with a Carmel sauce.
I hope you can help me find this recipe.
Please ask your friend if there is an ethnicity attached to this recipe or to her mother-in-law. If so, what is it?
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2017 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: Brown Dog Pudding
The mother in law was born in Arizona and her mother in Utah, but her grandmother was born in Devon, England
I cannot find anything with the name “brown dog pudding.” There does not seem to have ever been an American dish
by that name, nor a British one. I checked two cookbooks of traditional recipes from Devon and Devonshire, but it
was not in them. The only pudding that I can find with “dog” in the name is “Spotted Dog” which is another
name for the British pudding called “Spotted Dick.”
I think that the only way to proceed is to assume that it has another name. To do so requires more description of
the pudding itself. Was it a boiled or steamed pudding? Are any ingredients known?
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2017 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: Brown Dog Pudding
She thinks that it had molasses. does that help?
Sorry, not much. There are lots of Christmas puddings, some with molasses (or "treacle" in Britain),
but I can’t find any that are particularly hung in the dark and then served with caramel sauce.
How was it hung? What was it hung in? Was it in a pudding bag or cloth? Did it have any suet in it?
I’ll post this for reader input.
I find that the idea of boiling or steaming a Christmas pudding in a pudding
cloth or pudding bag and then hanging it up to dry for a period of time is a
traditionally British idea, one which also spread to British colonies such
as Australia. These puddings may be made several days or weeks before
Christmas. They are hung up to dry and "ripen", still in the bag or cloth,
then re-boiled or steamed briefly when ready to serve.
There are several recipes for puddings of this type on these sites. Some have photos:
Boiled Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding in a Cloth
As for the caramel sauce, the sauce typically served with these puddings is
"Cook's Choice". In some households the choice might be brandy sauce, in some
it might be hard sauce, caramel sauce in some, boiled custard, brown sugar
sauce, or just clotted cream in others.
I didn't see one with molasses or treacle, but there must be some.
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2017 2:25 AM
Subject: Recipes from "The Little Bread Garden"
Dear Uncle Phaedrus:
I have been looking for several years with no success for recipes and or the book
"The Little Bread Garden" by Mrs. Simmons of Capriland. It was a 16 page booklet with
recipes to make herbal breads. Would be grateful for your help.
Where did you hear of a book with that title by Mrs. Simmons? I cannot find even a
mention of a book by that name written by Adelma Grenier Simmons. Not anywhere.
See "The Library Thing" for a list of her many books.
Indeed, I cannot find any mention of a book with that name at all, not by any author.
If it was only a limited edition 16 page pamphlet, then no surviving copy may exist.
I am familiar with Adelma Grenier Simmons and Capriland Herb Farm. See my previous research here:
Her Spinach Sweet Bread recipe is posted on that page.
Mrs. Simmons did write books about the use of herbs in cooking and about herb bread.
Used copies of two of them are for sale on Amazon:
“The Caprilands Kitchen Book”
“Herbal Harvest Lammas Festival of Bread”
Two more, which are listed as “unavailable” by Amazon are: “Caprilands' Breads For All Reasons”
and “Herbs Are Good Companions: To Vegetables in the Garden : To Cooks in the Kitchen.”
There are many used book dealers on the Web. If you can determine which of Mrs. Simmons’ books
you want, I will try to help you find a copy. However, when I cannot find any mention at all
of a book, as in the case of "The Little Bread Garden,“ I am suspicious as to whether that
is a correct title. If it is a correct title, then it may have been out of print for so long
that there is no extant copy remaining. Caprilands Institute has a Facebook page here: Caprilands Institute.
You might try posting your request there. Those folks may have all of Mrs. Simmons’ papers
As for individual recipes, if there is a particular bread recipe of Mrs. Simmons that you want
and if you know the name she gave the bread, then I will try to find it for you.
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2017 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: Recipes from "The Little Bread Garden"
Good to hear from you!! - That gives me hope! - It is mentioned and advertised a good deal in
the Herb Quarterly issues that were published in late 1987-1988 issues. The latest one I saw
the ad in was the Herb Quarterly Winter 1987-1988 issue. It is in many of the Herb Quarterly
issues printed around that time. I got these old issues from a lady that did not want her
family to toss them, and we found each other, and so I was the beneficiary to these old
Herb Quarterly issues and treasure each one them and have found and ordered many of the
books that were advertised. The Little Bread Garden has eluded me!
The ad on page 47 of the Herb Quarterly Winter 1987-1988 issue reads as follows:
"The Little Bread Garden - Special small garden design used by cooks to provide the herbs
for freshly baked bread & pastries. Garden fits neatly into a small corner. With tips on
the baker's sixteen herbs. Complete with recipes for many herbal breads & savory butters
and spreads. Special recipe for Rosemary Hot & Spicy Butter from Mrs. Simmons of Capriland.
16 pages, $1.95"
As a retired nutritionist and traditional cook, I am now almost in a state of panic thinking
that I'll never find a copy! - I pray often to be led, and finding your website was one of
those special gifts, and hopefully you are the only person who may now be able to find either
the booklet and or the recipes. I have contacted HQ several times and they tell me that they
don't have it anymore although, they do show it as an out of print booklet. (sigh)
I can’t offer you much hope, but I do have a few suggestions.
First, the ad on page 47 of the Herb Quarterly Winter 1987-1988 issue that you cite reads as follows:
The Little Bread Garden - Special small garden design used by cooks to provide the herbs for
freshly baked bread & pastries. Garden fits neatly into a small corner. With tips on the baker's
sixteen herbs. Complete with recipes for many herbal breads & savory butters and spreads. Special
recipe for Rosemary Hot & Spicy Butter from Mrs. Simmons of Capriland. 16 pages, $1.95"
Maria, I would consider a different interpretation of that ad. It may not mean that the entire
booklet is authored by Mrs. Simmons. The booklet may have a garden design and a collection of tips for
growing herbs in a small space and recipes for using them in bread-making, published by Herb Quarterly
(INCLUDING) A SPECIAL RECIPE FOR ROSEMARY HOT & SPICY BUTTER FROM MRS. SIMMONS OF CAPRILAND.
That one recipe may be the only thing of Mrs. Simmons that is in that booklet. I searched for a recipe
for “Rosemary Hot & Spicy Butter”, but I had no success with that.
Usually, if a used book site (seller) has something like this booklet, it will show up in a Google
search on the title. However, nothing appeared in a Google search, and I checked both Amazon and
EBay, with no success. There may not be a copy anywhere at all, or there may be a copy languishing
in someone’s closet or attic, forgotten for years.
Herb Quarterly has a Facebook page at: Herb Quarterly
You might try posting a request on that page. I know that you have already spoken to HQ multiple
times, but remember, we aren’t contacting HQ here, we are reaching out to HQ’s readers who visit
that page and who might have ordered that booklet in the 1980s. Also, you should check for
Facebook pages about cookbook collecting and related topics and post a request there.
Check with your local library. Ask the librarian to search the network for a booklet titled
“The Little Bread Garden”. Most public libraries are members of a nation-wide network that
can locate a copy of nearly any book, if a copy still exists in any library collection in
Treat this, not as a search for a cookbook, but one for an antique or a collectible. There are
numerous message boards on the Web with the theme of book collecting, antique book collecting,
rare book collecting, cookbook collecting, etc. Find those boards and post your request on
every one of them.
You should also contact the Capriland Institute. They may not have a copy of this booklet,
but they might have a copy of that recipe for “Rosemary Hot & Spicy Butter”.
If you find a lead, let me know and I will try to assist you if needed.