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Jun 16, 2009 07:18 AM

Your favorite homey/vintage/nostalgic dessert


I want to make a few desserts for an upcoming party that have a very "throwback to your childhood" feel - you know, like when Anton Ego had his flashback to his childhood when he took a bite of the ratatouille....that's what I'm looking for!

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? What was your favorite dessert your mom or grandma made? Pies, cobblers, some kind of bar...?

Thanks for the help!

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  1. The one I remember best is my mother would make a simple yellow 1-layer sponge cake, baked in a pyrex pie pan, flip it out when done, split in the center and filled with a can of crushed pineapple, and served with a can of crushed pineapple on top and freshly whipped cream.

    1. Apple cake or blueberry crisp, I think!

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      1. re: scuzzo

        Blueberry crisp! I grew up near a blueberry farm where we could pick gallons of berries, so we always had plenty of them in season. I just made the easiest blueberry/cherry crisp ever (to rave reviews from friends): Butter 8" glass pie plate, dump in 3 c pitted cherries and 1 c blueberries (or reverse proportions), microwave for 5 minutes. In the meantime, mix 3 tbsp softened butter, 1.5 c oats, 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp brown sugar. Spread on top of heated fruit and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Yum!

        1. re: rovingfoodie

          Thanks for that recipe! Great stuff!

      2. Real chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Must be set and served in individual dishes.

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        1. re: heatcrave

          same thing here. REAL Chocolate pudding.

          1. re: heatcrave

            Along a similar note, my grandmother and my mother both made raspberry pudding when I was little. They would put it in little fancy glass desert dishes. Even though it was translucent, it had a surprisingly smooth texture that was almost creamy, but it was tart. I loved that stuff. I think it was made by Danish Desert. Hard to find around here (if not impossible).

            1. re: Jen76

              That's raspberry junket, isn't it? Made with rennet. I haven't seen the packages in years.

          2. My mom's cobbler, which I still make today, was simple and delicious. 9 x 13 pan. Lower crust - 1 cup Bisquick, 3/4 cup sugar and one egg. Filling - fresh or canned fruit to cover. Top crust - 1 cup Bisquick, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tblsp cinnamon and one egg. 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until a lovely brown.

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            1. re: ola

              Ola - does this make a cookie-like crust?

              Mr CF wants a blueberry cobbler for Father's Day, but I wasn't sure I'd have enough time to make a full fledged pie crust... this looks like something I could handle in the midst of all the other preparations.
              Poor guy asks for a cobbler and I want to make one for him! :-)

              1. re: Cookiefiend

                Just make a quick crumble - cut up flour, butter, and sugar and spread on top of the blueberries - that have some sugar and lemon juice added - and bake. Easy peasy!

            2. I remember my mother's sweet, sticky, gooey pineapple upside down cake. Oh so pretty to look at and oh so toothache making delicious....sometimes with vanilla ice cream on the side or freshly made whipped cream. When our peach trees were producing she would make the cake with the fresh peaches. I'm sure it was all that brown sugar and butter that made the cake so wonderful