The short letter that Mrs. Quickel wrote is attached at the end of this recipe. I found it interesting.
6 cups flour
2 tabl sp sugar
3 beaten eggs
1/2 teas salt
1 lb lard
1 yst cake
3/4 cup scalded milk cooled to luke warm
Combine flour, lard, sugar & salt blended as for pie crust. Dissolve yst in warm milk, add to first mixture. Add eggs & knead to a smooth dough Refrig over nite in covered bowl.
Next..cover pie board with 1/4 cup sugar. Roll dough on sugar about 1/4 in. thick or a little thinner. Cut into 2 1/2 in. squares.
Into each square place a 1/2 teas apricot or any desired paste & fold up corners into a peak & pin with tooth picks.
Bake 15 min in 375 deg. oven. Remove tooth picks while warm. Picks can be reused.
We like cooked seasoned dried apricots best in these squares. However dried peaches or any jam is good. I’m going to try Baked Cranberries this year in the squares. The Apricot just seems to go so well with the sugared dough. We feel that ordinary jam is just too sweet. I thought the Baked Cran with less sugar would be tart too like apricots. It’s surprising how well you can pin in these squares for as soft as the dough is. Of course a few pop open during baking that’s why the paste should be sort of thick. this paste can be bought in cans too but again, we like the cooked dried apricots sweet taste.
Continuing with Mrs. Quickel’s short letter….
Hi…I’m sort of pushing the cart instead of pulling it. Ha. I thought I would only have a few min to write the recipes & I wanted you to have them before Christmas. We came home yesterday (Mon) noon & we can’t seem to get into the groove. Things sure happened since we saw you. One wonders how much wickedness we must endure. While it’s a tremendous burden for the Kennedy children I keep thinking of the Oswald children. They can never live down this tragic episode. I’m glad they live in the land of opportunity where if they lived in Russia they might be sent to Siberia.
Several Clear Lake men died last week also. A Mr. Nofsinger who had the L&M Market there next to the Beer Garden. The other man was Fred Miller. They used to have Shaw’s old cabins & gas station.
Well, I’ve got a few more things to put away etc. Here’s hoping you have a nice Holiday season. Sure was nice visiting with you folks. Hope we didn’t detain you too much.
This note brings back memories of times when my Mother would receive a letter from her brothers in Illinois. It was usually a four page letter and required her to take some time, sit down and read, and find out what the family was doing. Now we have the internet. It doesn’t have that same homey quality, does it? Just remembering…..
Photo by Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck