January 06, 2008

King Midas Baking Queens

The last post I did on a State Fair recipe booklet wasn't connected with a food company. Favorite Recipes of King Midas Baking Queens (1958, 33 pages) is a promotional booklet from King Midas Flour and contains winning recipes from some Michigan and Wisconsin state and county fairs.

The booklet contains 30 recipes for breads, dinner rolls, sweet rolls, coffee cakes, quick breads, doughnuts, cookies and cakes. There are about three times the number of cookie recipes than other recipes. Dates were a popular ingredient.

The name of the winning contestant, location and name of the fair is given along with each recipe. There aren't any illustrations, but each page is decorated with an orange crown and the text is in blue. The interior matches nicely with the cover.

"King Midas Magic" seems to be the product slogan at this time.


by Miss Patricia Ann Houska; Lena, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Oconto County Youth Fair

Temperature: 400°
Baking Time: 12-15 minutes

2 cakes compressed yeast (or 2 packages dry yeast)
1/2 cup water
2 cups scalded milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
8 to 8-1/2 cups sifted King Midas All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup melted butter
2 slightly beaten eggs

Soften compressed yeast in lukewarm water. (Or substitute dry yeas and soften in very warm, not hot, water.)

Combine milk, sugar and salt in large bowl. Cool to lukewarm. Add the yeast mixture and about half of the flour to form a thick batter. Beat well. Cover.

Let rise in warm place (85° to 90°) until light and bubbly, 30 to 45 minutes. Add the butter and eggs; beat well. Gradually add remaining flour, beating well after each addition, to form a dough. turn out on flour surface. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Knead dough until smooth and satiny, 3 to 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl and cover.

Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes. Shape into crescents or other rolls. Place on greased baking sheet or pan. Cover and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 30 60 minutes. Bake. Makes 4 to 5 minutes.

In regards to the various contest recipe booklets, I often get inquiries from people asking me to look and see if such-and-such person has a recipe inside.

So to that end, and because someone might one day be pleasantly surprised to find out someone they knew had a prize-winning recipe long ago, I'm listing the names of the contestants and their recipes.
  • Blue Ribbon White Bread - Mrs. George King; Gladstone, Michigan; Senior Winner, Upper Peninsula State Fair

  • Favorite Whole Wheat Bread - Mrs. C. R. Martin; Wausau, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Wisconsin Valley Fair

  • Perfect Rye Bread - Mrs. Hellmuth Zabel; Fremont, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Waupaca County Fair

  • Rich Dinner Rolls - Mrs. Fred Steinbrecker; Racine, Wisconsin; Wisconsin State Fair White Bread Champion

  • Refrigerator Rolls - Mrs. Arthur Stadler; Reedsville, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Manitowoc County Fair

  • Cinnamon Rolls - Miss Marlene Waletzko; Willow River, Minnesota; Junior Winner, Pine County Fair

  • Orange Rolls - Mrs. William Petz; Shell Lake, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Washburn County Fair

  • Lemon Batter Rolls - Mrs. Lynn Bowe; Elk River, Minnesota; Senior Winner, Mille Lacs County Fair

  • Butterscotch Nut Coffee Cake - Mrs. Laurence Loehlein; Princeton, Minnesota; Senior Winner, Benton County Fair

  • Date-Filled Coffee Ring - Mrs. Lowell L. Carlson; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Minnesota State Fair White Bread Champion

  • Sour Cream Delight - Miss Joan Reid; Plainfield, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Adams County Fair

  • Quick Coffee Cake - Miss Nadine Hollis; Belleville, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Green County Fair

  • Dark Date Bread - Miss Pat Sorensen; Wabeno, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Forest County Fair

  • Orange Nut Bread - Mrs. Elmer Gotfredson; Mora, Minnesota; Senior Winner, Kanabec County Fair

  • Glazed Potato Doughnuts - Mrs. Wilbert Jaeger; West Bend, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Washington County Fair

  • Sunshine Doughnuts - Mrs. Francis Danielson; Black River Falls, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Jackson County Fair

  • Devil's Food Drops - Mrs. Manford Hagen; Hixton, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Jackson County Fair

  • Filled Prune Cookies - Mrs. H. Oelke; Waverly, Minnesota; Senior Winner, Wright County Fair

  • Million Dollar Cookies - Miss Marie Arts; Tony, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Rusk County Fair

  • King's Kringles - Mrs. Roy Moen; Bemidji, Minnesota; Senior Winner, Beltrami County Fair

  • King of the Oatmeals - Mrs. Oscar Dippmann; Wausau, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Marathon County Fair

  • Butterscotch Frosted Cookies - Mrs. John Olson; Mineral Point, Wisconsin; Senior Winner, Iowa County Fair

  • Pumpkin Cookies - Miss Marlene Skolas; Westby, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Vernon County Fair

  • Date Delight - Miss Emilie Pempek; Athens, Wisconsin, Junior Winner, Athens Fair

  • Butter Bars - Mrs. Delores Bible; Merrimac, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Lodi Fair

  • Novelty Bars - Miss Barbara Thoma; Whitehall, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Trempealeau County Fair

  • Brown Sugar Spice Cake - Mrs. Winston Mossberg; Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota; Senior Winner, Carlton County Fair

  • Date Surprise Cake - Miss Margaret Nelson; Mondovi, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Buffalo County Fair

  • Grandmother's Chocolate Cake - Miss Rachel Blair; Barron, Wisconsin; Junior Winner, Barron County Fair
    • You might find a copy of this booklet here if you come across a name that's familiar and want to get a booklet of your own or as a gift.


      At 7:12 PM CST, Blogger T.W. Barritt said...

      The "Million Dollar Cookies" recipe has an interesting name! I wonder if that was the cost of the ingredients, or the aspiration to be a contest winner? :-) I did something last fall on a Pillsbury bake off recipe book, and noted that nearly all of the winners, who had achieved their own fame in the kitchen, were listed under their husband's first and last names. Times have fortunately changed!

      At 6:24 AM CST, Blogger Kathy said...

      T.W. - I noticed there were no unmarried winners in the senior divisions either.


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