Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hoo Hoo's Walnut Squares - Women's History Month Post #7: Favorite recipes

Dear Grandmother Hoo Hoo,
Today we are sharing favorite recipes handed down from our mothers or grandmothers. You were an inveterate collector of recipes who entertained often and were never afraid to try a new recipe on company. I am lucky to have a box of your recipe cards that I found after you had passed, some dating back to your mother.
It is hard to pick one recipe to share, but perhaps because I am dieting, I chose the treat that I often crave: Walnut Squares. I can still imagine their aroma, fresh from the oven, full of crunchy, chewy goodness.

Walnut Squares
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 cup Raw Sugar
1 unbeaten egg
1 teaspoon vanila extract
Stir together but not too hard
Add 1/2 cup whole wheat flour plus
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Stir and add
1 cup chopped walnuts
Spread into greased 8" or 9" square pan.
Bake 20 minutes or longer until lightly browned and still soft.
Leave in pan and cut into squares or bars while still warm.
Store in tightly covered can to keep soft.

Grace (Colby) (Werst) Branchflower aka "Hoo Hoo" in her kitchen
at Pine Lawn Farm outside of Newberg circa 1963 probably carrying a
bucket of blue lake green beans freshly picked from her garden.
From the collection of her granddaughter Cecily Cone Kelly
Now if only you had left behind your recipe for Fried Chicken!


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