Some of Gramma Kath's Favorite Recipes


Indian Pudding


Gramma Kath was very enthusiastic about this recipe. We like it too.  And it is easy to make.


Heat 1 qt. of milk in the microwave.



 2 tblsps. Quick cooking tapioca

2 tblsps. Corn meal

½ cup sugar

½ cup molasses\

1 egg

1 tsp salt

Butter the size of the egg


Bring to just boiling in the microwave


Then cook ¾ hr. in oven at 350º.


Best served warm with vanilla ice cream.



Chocolate Steamed Pudding (Gramma Kath)



½ cup sugar

1 tblsp melted shortening

1 heaping tsp of baking powder

1 egg

1 square of chocolate

½ cup milk

1 cup flour


Mix together and steam for one hour.



Cream ½ cup sugar, 2 tblsps butter, 2 large spoons flour, 1 egg yolk, ½ cup coiling water.

Set over hot water and cook until thick.

Let cool and add white of egg, beat stiff, add vanilla.


Great Grandmother Gilchrist’s chocolate donuts


1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp melted butter

1 cup sweet milk

½ cup cocoa

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

Vanilla, salt and flour to make soft dough.


Gramma Kath’s Holiday Banana Bread


1 egg

1 cup sugar

½ cup shortening

3 ripe mashed bananas

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ cup chopped dates

½ cup chopped maraschino cherries

½ cup chopped nuts


In a large bowl beat egg, sugar, shortening, bananas and vanilla until smooth. Sift flour and soda and blend in.


Stir in remaining ingredients.


Pour batter into greased and floured pan (one 9x5x3 or two 7 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 ¼ or one fluted 4 c. tubepan and one small loaf pan).


Bake at 350º for one hour and 15 minutes.



Chocolate Ice-Box Cake (Gramma Kath)


One two layer spongey or small angel cake

4 eggs, separated

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 envelope plain gelatin

½ cup cold water

½ cup boiling water

2 sq. chocolate, melted



Beat yolks until thick, gradually beat in sugar and chocolate.

Soften gelatin in cold water. Add boiling water. Then add to chocolate mixture . Add vanilla. Lastly fold in beaten egg whites. Pour ½ mixture into dish, break cake into small pieces. Put on top. Cover with all remaining mixture and chill overnight for at least 12 hours. Serve with whipped cream.


Popovers (Gramma Kath)


1 cup flour

¼ tsp. salt

7/8 cup milk

2 eggs

½ tsp melted butter.


Mix salt and flour, add milk gradually. Beat eggs until light and add to mixture. Add butter. Beat two minutes with egg beater. Turn into buttered custard cups or burning hot buttered iron gem pans. Bake 30-35 min., beginning with a hot oven (400 degrees) and decreasing gradually to a moderate oven.


Blueberry Pudding


Serves six.


Gramma Kath got this recipe from someone called Mary McNally


6 slices bread, buttered


3 cups blueberries

1 cup sugar

½ cup water

½ pt. heavy cream.


Sprinkle bread lightly with cinnamon. Cook berries, sugar and water for 10 minutes.

Layer with bread in a glass dish.

Chill in refrigerator for several hours.

Serve with Whipped cream (flavored with sherry).


Lemon Sponge Pie (Gramma Kath)


Beat together 1 cup sugar, 3 tblsps butter, yolks of two eggs. Add juice and rind of one lemon, 3 tblsps flour. Mix together. Add 1 cup milk and stiffly beaten whites. Back ¾ hour in moderate oven.


Rhubarb Jam (Gramma Kath)

4 cups rhubarb

5 cups sugar

1 medium sized can crushed pineapple, drained.


Boil together to quite thick.

Stir in one package of strawberry jello.


Pineapple and Apricot Jam (Gramma Kath)

1 lb. apricots, soaked overnight.

Drain off nearly all water.

Add one large can or two #2 cans crushed pineapple

Cook slowly two hours.

Add 5 cups sugar and cook 20 minutes.


Pear Conserve (Gramma Kath)

8 lbs hard pears

2 lemons

1 orange

¼ lb. ginger

8 lbs sugar


Put pears, peeled and cored, lemons, oranges, ginger through food chopper. Add sugar and mix. Bring to boil slowly to start juices flowing. Cook until clear and thick. Stir often.


Gramma Kath’s Sliced Cucumber Pickle Relish


Slice cucumbers twice as thick as for the table. To every two quarts of cucumber add one green pepper sliced (seeds removed), one onion sliced. Salt in layers (by sprinkling) for three hours. Then drain. Then to one qurt of vinegar add one cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp tumeric powder and a bag of mixed spices. Put all together and cook until tender


Gramma Kath’s Bread and Butter Pickle


4 qts sliced cucumber

3 onions sliced

2 green peppers sliced

1 red pepper sliced

3 cups sugar

3 cups vinegar

4 tsp salt

1 tsp tumeric


Scald but do not boil. Can hot and seal.


Makes 8 pts.

Sugar and Spice Cookies