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Dessert Recipes from the 1920s

Fooley0401 Apr 13, 2012 07:54 PM

I was invited to a 1920s themed dinner party. Everyone is dressing up and listening to jazz and watching silent films and, of course, eating food that was popular in the 1920s. Being Polite,I asked the hostess if I could bring anything and she asked me to bring a dessert. Great, I thought. I have absolutely no idea what desserts were popular in the 1920s and I have very little baking experience! The drive is kind of far so anything cold would not really stay. I was thinking that maybe some kind of cake or cookie would be good. Does anyone have recipes, ideas or information about food from the 1920s that is easy to make and travels well? (or any ideas at all, for that matter?) Thanks!

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    riversuzyq RE: Fooley0401 Apr 13, 2012 08:10 PM

    A search turned up Lady Baltimore Cake, highly popular in the 20' s. Here's a link

    1. KaimukiMan RE: Fooley0401 Apr 13, 2012 09:39 PM

      this link shows two desserts from the Titanic. If the Titanic was serving them in 1912 by 1920 they would still be popular.

      cooks.com lists almost 7,000 1920's desserts.

      this was the era of refrigeration, one of the first items that was repossessed when the depression hit at the end of the decade were home refrigerators.

      here is another link with some interesting answers

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        tardigrade RE: KaimukiMan Apr 13, 2012 10:16 PM

        Jello! Show your friends that you have one of those new-fangled refrigerators.

        Of course, you will serve it in your best parfait glasses.

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          KaimukiMan RE: tardigrade Apr 13, 2012 11:16 PM

          yum, a parfait of strawberry jello, sliced strawberries, whipped cream with a big juicy whole strawberry on top, served with ice tea spoons, very 20s.

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            pippimac RE: KaimukiMan Apr 14, 2012 03:01 AM

            It appears they were mad about charlottes. So it wasn't all cocaine and champagne after all apparently!

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        Querencia RE: Fooley0401 Apr 14, 2012 01:31 PM

        Recently in a book on the history of convenience food I read this interesting insight, that electric refrigerators were a luxury in the 1920's when most people still had iceboxes that used a block of ice. You couldn't make Jello unless you had "an electric box" so serving gelatin salads and desserts was a high-prestige, show-offy thing to do. So make something fancy with Jello.

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          jaykayen RE: Fooley0401 Apr 14, 2012 01:34 PM

          I saw a Gin and Tonic gelatin in "How to be a Domestic Goddess"

          Here's the recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/09/din...

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