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This icing is meant to go with Chocolate Cake.

The recipe uses hydrogenated vegetable shortening, under the Spry brand name. I’ve commented on the history, use and health considerations of using Spry or its competitor brand, Crisco in an earlier posting. My personal choice would be to use butter, which would probably also give a better taste.

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This is the filling that goes with Chocolate Cake, but you could use it with other cake recipes too.

This recipe uses hydrogenated vegetable shortening, under the Spry brand name. I’ve commented on the history, use and health considerations of using Spry or its competitor brand, Crisco in an earlier posting. My personal choice would be to use butter, which would probably also give a better taste.

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This is a straightforward cake recipe using the creaming method. You might want to refer to the tips on creaming here and here.

Instead of butter, this recipe uses hydrogenated vegetable shortening, under the Spry brand name. I’ve commented on the history, use and health considerations of using Spry or its competitor brand, Crisco in an earlier posting. My personal choice would be to use butter, which would probably also give a better taste.

For the filling and icing, please see:
Chocolate/Coffee Filling
Chocolate Water Icing

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Another recipe of grandmother’s that used Spry vegetable shortening (which I’ve commented on here, in addition to comments on Spry’s equivalent, Crisco, here), which was very much the method of cooking at the time. You can substitute with butter.

See grandma’s list of oven temperatures to find out the correct setting for a moderately hot oven.

This Baked Chocolate Pudding is unique because it has a meringue topping, very similar to these other recipes I’ve found on the internet here and here.

Baked Chocolate Pudding

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Eclairs are made from choux pastry, as are cream puffs. Grandma’s other recipe for choux pastry is here. [30/12/07 update: another cream puffs recipe here.]

You might also want to refer to grandmother’s list of oven temperatures to determine what temperature ‘moderate oven’ refers to.
Chocolate Eclairs A

Chocolate Eclair B

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Another American recipe from McCalls magazine. Find the full list of other McCalls recipes on this blog here.

I wonder if ‘shortening’ here means specifically (vegetable) shortening? Technically, ‘shortening’ can be any kind of fat, but grandma often used vegetable shortening instead of butter, as was common at the time. I’ve written here about the use of shortening such as Spry and Crisco.

Double Chocolate Drops

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