If you like homemade bread, then let me take you back to my mother’s kitchen, back to the 1950s. Those were the days when men never wore their hats in a building when a lady was present, when men always opened the door for a lady and never walked through a door ahead of a lady. In those days, it was called “Respect for Our Women Folk.” Oh yes, in those days, a man always walked on the outside when walking their lady down the street. PS, I’m still from the old school.

Zucchini Bread
Mix these ingredients together:

3 eggs

2 cups white sugar

1 cup Crisco oil

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups of raw, grated zucchini with the peel left on

In a separate bowl, mix these dry ingredients together very well then fold into the above mixture.

1⅓ cups of white all-purpose flour

¼ tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup of chopped walnuts

Bake in preheated oven at 350ºF for about 50 minutes.

Makes 2 loaves.


Lemon Bread
Ingredients:

½ cup shortening

1 cup sugar (first amount)

2 eggs

1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup milk

¼ cup chopped nuts

1 lemon: the juice and the rind, grated

¼ cup sugar (second amount)

Method:

Cream shortening and add one cup sugar and eggs and beat in well. Add flour, salt and baking powder, alternating with milk.

Add chopped nuts and lemon rind.

Pour into greased standard loaf pan and bake at 350ºF for about 40 minutes. While the bread is baking, dissolve the ¼ cup of sugar into the lemon juice.

As soon as you take the bread out of the oven, pour the lemon juice and sugar overtop of the bread. Let it stand in the pan until cool, then carefully turn out and rest on the cake rack top side up.


Apple Bread
Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter

½ cup sugar

1 egg yolk

¾ cup raw apple

1¾ cups all-purpose flour

3½ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 tsp grated nutmeg

½ cup milk

Method:

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg yolk and beat very thoroughly. Add grated apple.

Measure flour and add baking powder, salt and nutmeg, then sift them into the mixture, alternating with milk, and stirring after each addition. Turn onto a greased 9 x 4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350ºF for about 30 minutes.


Cranberry Coffee Bread
Sift together:

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

1½ tsp baking powder

Then stir in 1 cup white sugar.

In a measuring cup, mix together:

½ cup orange juice

2 Tbsp boiling water

2 Tbsp melted shortening

Method:

Add one well beaten egg into the measuring cup, then fold the mixture into the dry ingredients until just moist. Fold in 1½ cups halved cranberries. Bake in well-greased loaf pan at 325ºF for 60 minutes.


Date and Nut Loaf
Ingredients:

1 pound of dates

2 tsp baking soda

2 cups of warm water

2 cups sugar

2 heaping tsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped nuts

Method:

Soak the dates and baking soda in the warm water.

Cream sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Add cooled liquid off the dates. Then mix in the dates.

In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients, then fold in the wet mixture. Place in two greased loaf pans and bake at 350ºF for 1 hour.


Now we have our bread, let’s make a tasty sandwich.

Ham and Egg Sandwich
Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped cooked ham

⅓ cup chopped cooked white onions

¾ cup chopped sweet pickle

2 cups chopped celery

4 hardboiled eggs

½ tsp salt

⅛ tsp pepper

½ tsp dry mustard

⅔ cup mayonnaise

12 large, round buns

Method:

Combine ingredients. Slice buns crosswise and fill with spread. Wrap each bun in aluminum foil. Heat in the oven at 300ºF for 30 minutes… and enjoy!