Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:57 AM
Subject: search for recipe for raw apple cake/pie
Dear Uncle Phaedrus ,
my name is Larry I'm 57 years old and I am trying to locate a recipe. when I was a child about the age
of 10 or 11 my aunt Lucille used to make this wonderful dessert. it was called 'raw apple cake'.
I remember her telling me that she had gotten the recipe out of the South Bend Tribune ...the local
newspaper for South Bend Indiana. However, even though the recipe is called raw apple cake it was not
a cake at all it was more like a pie. all I can remember was that it was baked in a pie crust that it
had a bottom crust but no top crust. of course three ingredients for raw apples and there were either
walnuts or pecans I want to say that there were walnuts. it was a very sweet and it was also a very
dense pie. I don't know if it has flour or cornstarch with something in it but also I remember it almost
being like a cross between a pecan pie and an apple pie like they were combined is what it reminded me of,
but it was very good and I have been searching for that recipe for years. my Aunt Lucille passed away when
I was probably like 13 or 14 years old and I never got the recipe from her. please help me Uncle Phaedrus!
it would really mean a lot to me to find that recipe and bring back happy memories from a very long time ago.
Well, there are lots of “Raw Apple Cake” and “Fresh Apple Cake” recipes and tons of apple pie recipes with
no top crust. However, finding one with no topping, glaze or frosting at all, that is baked in a pie or
pastry crust turned out to be a horse of a different color, and I had no success at all finding one from
The South Bend Tribune newspaper.
The only close one that I found was the one below. It has the pastry crust, it has no top crust or topping
of any kind, and it does call for nuts, either pecans or walnuts. It does, however, call for coconut. If you
are sure that your Aunt’s raw apple cake did not have coconut, you can leave it off, as is suggested in the
“Hometown Hint”. You don’t have to use “Jonathan” apples. If you have any idea of the kind of apples that
your Aunt used, use those.
I hope this turns out to be close to your remembered cake. I will, of course, post this for reader comment.
Raw Apple Cake
From: "America's Hometown Recipe Book: 712 Favorite Recipes from Main Street U.S.A."
edited by Barbara Greenman
Recipe by:Pastor Marc Dreyer, Memorial Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1 single crust refrigerated pie pastry
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups Jonathan apples, peeled & chopped
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 2 inch round cake pan. Ease pie pastry into pan.
Trim or fold pastry edges to fit.
2. Beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Stir in apples. Whisk together flour, baking
soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add to batter and blend well. Stir in nuts and coconut.
3. Spoon batter into pastry shell. Bake for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Cool on wire rack. makes 6 to 8 servings.
Omit or substitute ingredients such
as chopped nuts, flaked coconut, and
raisins to accommodate food allergies
and personal tastes - or just to
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:56 PM
Subject: Beef Provencale Simply Delicious Recipe Card
Hello..My name is Sandy and I have been looking for this recipe for a long time! Saw it on your site...
Is there ANY chance of your taking a pic of it and sending it to me?? I have exhausted every avenue.
I would so much appreciate it.
Look forward to hearing from you!
I don’t have the cards, or I would be happy to scan that one and send it to you. The posting to which
I think you are referring is one in which I located a set of the cards for sale. I did not buy them.
The things that I found on the Internet regarding the Beef Provencale recipe were a bit confusing.
You, and some of the listings that I saw, referred to the dish as simply “Beef Provencale.” However,
most of the postings I saw, including a photo of the card, call it “Beef Stew Provencale, #8 – 5”
I do not know if this is two different recipes. Cards that are #8 are the beef recipes.
I did find that recipe transcribed here: Beef Provencale
Also, this site has scans of some of the cards: Simply Delicious Cookbook
The “Beef Stew Provencale” recipe card scan and recipe are here: Beef Stew Provencale
Hope this is what you want.
Good Morning! Thank you sooo much! Although it did not show the picture, it was the recipe.
You are the best! I have been looking for a while. I will make it with a less expensive cut
of meat this weekend since I want to get a feel for cooking the potatoes. She didn't like the
potato aspect and left the actual directions for prepping the potatoes out. Having a big dinner
party in 2 weeks and I loved that you can cook the potatoes and meat in the same dish.
It was so yummy!
Thank you again! Have a great holiday season!
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:53 PM
Subject: In Search Of.... Jell-O Custard Mix
Hi Uncle P,
Jell-O used to make a product called Jell-O Americana Egg Custard, which was cooked on the stovetop
like pudding. It has (sadly) been discontinued. The company site gave me the old "tastes change and
so do our products" speech, but there were a lot of comments from other people lamenting its retirement.
Jell-O makes a flan mix now, but it doesn't taste the same. I've found lots of recipes online and in
cookbooks for custard baked in a water bath, but I'm looking for a recipe I can cook on the stove.
Thanks in advance,
If you want to commiserate with others who miss the Jello product, there is a Facebook page called
“Bring Back Jell-O brand Americana Custard” here: Bring Back Jello Brand Americana Custard
As for a substitute, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I did find some possible no-bake
substitutes for Jello Americana Egg Custard. The bad news is that each one of them has a drawback of some kind.
Here they are:
Amazon offers a product called
“Green's Egg Custard,” and in the comments section people say they have used it as a substitute for
the Jello egg custard mix. They say it is no-bake and tastes very similar to the Jello product. The drawback
is that it ships from the United Kingdom. I have bought products from the UK, and sometimes the shipping
is amazingly fast, but sometimes it is quite slow. Read the comments at the bottom of the Amazon page to
help you decide. If there is a shop near you that sells British products, you might luck up and find it
Bernard Foods, a food service company
in Illinois, makes two kinds of instant egg custard powders – one that is mixed with water and one that
is mixed with milk. Both are no-bake. The drawback is that, being a food service company who sells to
schools and cafeterias and the like, the smallest amount that they offer is a case of the stuff. You can,
of course, call them and beg them to sell you a smaller amount. I’ve no idea whether this product is
similar to the Jello product in taste.
This is a novel idea that you might try. This site explains How to turn Jello instant vanilla pudding into egg custard.
Worth a try.
There is another British product called “Bird’s Custard Powder” that is no-bake. It has the advantage
that many American supermarkets carry it, as well as Amazon, so it wouldn’t have to be shipped from the UK.
However, the comments that I read about it said it made a rather plain cornstarch custard. I could not find
a recipe for making egg custard using it. This recipe is for making a substitute for making British custard
powder custard, not egg custard. I only include it to be complete. If you are creative and adventurous, you
might wish to experiment with it: How to Replace Custard Powder
Finally, here is a non-powder,
no-bake egg custard recipe.
If I were you, I’d order some of the “Green’s Egg Custard” Product and try
this while waiting for it. You might have to tweak it a bit to get the taste closer to the Jello product.
The key, Vicki, lies in your statement about the Jello “flan mix” – “it doesn't taste the same.” The only
one of these choices that gave any indication of tasting like the Jello Americana Egg Custard is the British
“Green's Egg Custard.”
I’ll post this in case one of my readers has a suggestion.