March 21, 2007

Pillsbury Lovin' from the Oven

Consumers could obtain Lovin' from the Oven (1987, 49 pp.) from either the grocery store aisle when two packages of Pillsbury's BEST Flour were purchased or from an order form found in the rear of the booklet. I guess this form could be used for additional copies or passed on to friends since you had to get the booklet anyway before you could get the form. There was no limit to the number of cookbooks that could be ordered by mail; each copy required one UPC from the Pillbury flour package and 50 cents for postage and handling.

I like this recipe booklet. The size is convenient and the 38 recipes include many favorites that I use over and over. The recipes are divided into four sections: The Cookie Jar (favorite cookies and bars), The Dessert Table (cakes and other special favorites), The Bread Basket (quick breads, muffins and more) and The Holiday Home (delicious ideas for every special day of the year.

If you do a lot of basic, uncomplicated baking you will probably find this booklet convenient too. Recipes for Peanut Butter Cookies (and Peanut Blossoms), Chocolate Chip Cookies, Favorite Fudge Brownies (with frosting), Snickerdoodles, Sunburst Lemon Bars and Swedish Tea Cakes can all be found inside along with color photographs.

Some of the cake recipes are: Sour Cream Pound Cake, Chocolate Sour Cream Cake (and frosting), Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Shortcake, Streusel Pecan Pie Squares (a Bake-Off winner), and a simple Carrrot Cake with Creamy Supreme Frosting.

All the basic bread recipes are here too: Old-Fashioned Baking Powder Biscuits, Honey Granola Bread, Pineapple Zucchini Bread, Corn Muffins, Blueberry Muffins, Popovers, Pancakes and Waffles.

Some of the Holiday recipes are St. Lucia's Wreath, Braided Holiday Stollen, Ginger Cookie Cut-Outs, Miniature Custar Cream Puffs, Chocolate Truffle Cookies and Honey Bear Breads.

See what I mean? It's got a bit of everything that you can bake.

There are three pages of Baking Tips in the rear of the booklet. This includes a section on Pan Alternatives if a recipe calls for a size of baking pan that you don't have. They offer some substitutes you can use that generally work out well.

This little cookbook, being published in the 80s, includes Nutritional Information per Serving with each recipe.

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