Return of the 50’s Housewife


Hi and welcome to my blog. My name is Janis and am learning how to be a 50’s Housewife. So yes, I cook, bake, and clean and so much more. I have two kids, a girl Summer, and a boy named Eliot. Then there is my husband Eric. We have three parakeets named Q, Jedediah, and Hunter. I have a chinchilla named Spock.

I love to watch old movies with Abbott and Costello, Clark Gable, James Dean (though his career was short lived), Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and probably a few more. I listen to oldies music of the 50’s and yes I like 40’s music too. I like to watch older TV shows which may not be in the 50’s but The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Star Trek The Original Series. I have yet to see Leave it to Beaver which has been suggested to me.

I love to bake so you will find all kinds for recipes mostly desserts from my family’s own cookbook. Now I am gluten and dairy free so I will be making those recipes in that form. But if you need it in regular form, sugar free, or low carb then I can convert those recipes for you and send them either by email or snail mail. My email for recipes, or questions about the changes happening in my my kitchen toward a 50’s retro kitchen is HousewifeRecipes81@gmail.com

Without further ado lets get on with our first recipe, of which you will find at least an early picture before it goes in the oven and then after it comes out of the oven. That’s what I try to do with each recipe. So let’s get cooking!

Day 7 Starter

This is what Day 7 of the Amish Friendship Starter looks like. For Days 8 & 9 we will also be stirring the mix. But come Day 10 we will add more things and then the fun begins. We will get to make the Amish Friendship Bread, which I will warn you, makes 3 loaves with idea that you will keep a loaf for your family, but share the other two.

Remember what I’m making is a gluten free bread so the consistency and color of my mixture may not be the same as yours.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at HousewifeRecipes81@gmail.com

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

This week we are going to concentrate on making Amish Friendship Bread. And I’ll warn you this bread take 10 days to make all due to the starter. We need the starter first and foremost so I’ll give that to you first.

This is the start of the Amish Friendship Bread starter.
The recipe is Day 1:
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Mix together and then cover loosely.

Day 2-3-4: Stir once a day until smooth.

Day 5: Add 1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
Stir until smooth.

Day 6-7-8-9: Stir once a day until smooth.

Day 10: Add 1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk

After this you will be able to use the starter in the Amish Friendship Bread recipe.

This is what the starter looks like on Day 1. I will continue to post pages on what the starter looks like as we go along.

One thing to remember is that each batch of starter will make 3 loaves of bread. You can always keep a loaf to yourself and give the other two away.

This is how the starter looks on Day 4. Do you see how it starts to keep it’s shape after you stir it? Tomorrow will be the day we add more too it.

Blueberry Streusel Cake

Just setting everything up.
What the batter looks like.
What the cinnamon streusel looks like.
What the finished dish looks like.

Blueberry Streusel Cake
Gluten-Free and Dairy Free

1 cup Better Batter (I buy it at Amazon.com)
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 cup blueberries, frozen
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 jumbo egg
1/2 cup almond milk

1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread

Butter or spray pan (8”x8”x2”) and set aside.

Combine flour and baking powder in large bowl. Mix well.

Add blueberries. Toss to coat.

Cream Earth Balance Butter Spread, sugar and vanilla in bowl until well blended.

Add egg and mix.

Carefully add wet mixture to flour mixture.

Mix by hand until blended.

Pour into pan.

For streusel: Mix Better Batter, brown sugar, Earth Balance Butter Spread and cinnamon until crumbly.

Sprinkle over cake batter.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, until top is golden brown and knife comes out clean.

Cool and cut.

Chocolate Lush

Chocolate Lush

Gluten Free and Dairy Free

1 cup Better Batter (I get this at Amazon.com)

2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

2 Tablespoons melted Earth Balance Butter Spread

1/2 cup almond milk

1 Teaspoon vanilla

Stir all the ingredients in a bowl and pour into an 8″x8″x2″ ungreased pan.

3/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed

4 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 3/4 hot water

Mix the brown sugar, cocoa powder, and hot water together. Slowly pour over the top of the cake batter.

Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.

Remember this recipe is gluten and dairy free. Feel free to email me if you need a change in the recipe or if you have something about the 50s you want to share or if you want to share a recipe a 50’s recipe on the blog. HousewifeRecipes81@gmail.com

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

(This version is Gluten and Dairy Free)

2 cups Better Batter (I get this at Amazon.com)

2 cups sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 jumbo eggs

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup corn oil (or vegetable oil)

2 cups boiling water

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.

Beat two minutes at medium speed.

Stir in 2 cups of boiling water. (Batter may be thin.)

Pour into a 13″x9″x2″ pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 34-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and then frost.

Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup shortening, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
Mix together until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.

This is an example of what you can do with the cake. I made this cake for my sons 4th birthday and guess what, the cake is gone! 🙂

Just remember if you need this recipe changed to using regular flour, or made sugar free, or low carb I’d be happy to do that for you. Just send me an email at HousewifeRecipes81@gmail.com and let me know what you need.

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