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help me pick a "mad man" era dessert for christmas

wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:09 AM

can you help me choose a dessert for a "mad men" era christmas dinner? we will be having standard american fare (ham, potatoes, peas, etc.) using vintage recipes straight from the 1960s cookbooks.

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    cheesemonger RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:12 AM

    baked alaska?

    1. poached RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:21 AM

      a tiered jello dessert- check out joys of jello 1963 ed.
      beautiful desserts and there is simply not enough jello at the dinner table any more.

      personal favs.
      crown jewel dessert- it looks like floating stained glass
      supreme dessert- elegant parfaits with fruit suspended in them

      1. mamachef RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:29 AM

        Grasshopper pie.

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          maxie RE: mamachef Dec 19, 2010 12:10 PM

          I second the grasshopper pie -- boozy and era appropriate.

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            Sal Vanilla RE: maxie Dec 20, 2010 08:57 AM


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              chef chicklet RE: Sal Vanilla Dec 21, 2010 05:14 PM


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          Dave Westerberg RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:31 AM

          Gottabea "Floating Island"...mmmm. Or just pick anything from the gallery of regrettable food.

          1. blue room RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:36 AM

            You could search for the Pillsbury Bake-Off entries and winners for the years that apply.



            1. PBSF RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 09:50 AM

              Babas au Rhum, Crepe Suzette, Cherries Jubilee, Bananas Foster, Four Season Restaurant's Coffee Souffle

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                margib RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 10:00 AM

                Nabisco chocolate wafers and whip cream cake-

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                  mamachef RE: margib Dec 19, 2010 10:02 AM

                  Brilliant, margib. Absolutely BRILLIANT.So retro, and so tasty after all these years. The only thing I do differently is, I don't sweeten the whipped cream, and it's even more decadent that way.

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                    sedimental RE: mamachef Dec 19, 2010 10:16 AM

                    "sweetened whipped cream"???? Hey, be authentic...Cool Whip was invented (via a test tube) in the late 60's..the 60's were allllll about the chemistry! :D

                2. todao RE: wowimadog Dec 19, 2010 12:13 PM

                  Angle Cake surprise; 1-2-3 Jello (layered of course with three different flavors/colors); pineapple upside down cake; sherry drenched trifle; fruit flan. Let us not forget S'mores.

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                    sedimental RE: todao Dec 20, 2010 08:52 AM

                    ...and lets not forget "Jello Christmas Poke Cake". I almost forgot that lovely bright white box mix cake with red and green jello "streams" running all through the inside layers when sliced! So Modern! Garnished with red and green gumdrops is particularly festive... as I recall.

                  2. buttertart RE: wowimadog Dec 20, 2010 12:19 PM

                    Best possible reference for this is the Jean Anderson "American Century Cookbook" - all recipes from 1900-2000, dated. There's a very nice grapefruit layer cake in it that is very early '60s (and grapefruit are good right now). Pretty too.

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                      magiesmom RE: buttertart Dec 20, 2010 02:57 PM

                      Baked Alaska.

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                        sarahjay RE: magiesmom Dec 21, 2010 11:47 AM

                        +1 for baked alaska, or baked Alaska pie (ice cream pie with torched meringue on top)

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                        sueatmo RE: buttertart Dec 20, 2010 05:37 PM

                        I love this cookbook! A good reference for this question.

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                          karykat RE: buttertart Dec 20, 2010 05:38 PM

                          Love, love, love that book. Nice commentary on how the recipes fit into their times.

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                          MommaJ RE: wowimadog Dec 21, 2010 12:10 AM

                          If you want a recipe that was used by home cooks all the time, as opposed to restaurant fare, make a Chocolate Dump Cake (recipe easy to find online). I guarantee It was served in the 60's--I was there, eating it.

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                            ratbin RE: wowimadog Dec 21, 2010 04:31 PM

                            I would suggest anything that you set on fire. Crepes Suzette, Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee. Those would have been "smart" desserts for the era. Anything from Julia Child. Or check out Jane and Michael Stern's "American Gourmet" for the fancy food of the era.

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