1906: Tid-bits from Town Talk

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1906: Tid-Bits from Town Talk, a few reliable suggestions for conjuring with the Staff of Life.
Lawrence Roller Mills Company


Text Sample:
Town Talk Bread makes rosy cheeks; makes bright eyes; for crisp, flaky piecrust; for lovliest loaves; for feathery biscuits, for puffy popovers; bakes beautiful bread; best by baking test; holds highest honors; bakes best biscuits; excels in color; excels in flavor; delights housekeepers; makes finest bread; is beyond comparison; dainty and delicious; excels in nutrition; keeps fresh longest; for crisp cookies; for delicious doughnuts; has no rival; lowest cost per loaf; highest cost per barrel; makes lightest rolls; for creamy biscuits; for light, puffy rolls; makes whitest bread; unequalled for waffles; used by principal hotels; used by leading clubs; best restaurant use; is milled on honor; for cake and pastry; for greatest food value; is royally reliable; surely satisfies; ask your grocer for; lightens labor; for perfect cake; for cake and pastry; dispeptics safely eat; easily digested; best by baking test; has no equal….Town Talk flour is milled exclusively from the finest Mediterranean soft Winter wheat…

Proportionate Quantities
1/2 compressed yeast cakeequals 1 cup liquid yeast.

MacDonald Cake
1 cup butter, creamed.
1/2 cup milk.
1/2 teaspoon soda.
1 teaspoon lemon or vanilla.
Whites 4 eggs.
Yolks 4 eggs.
1 1/2 cups “Town Talk.”
1 1/2 cups sugar.
1/2 cup corn starch. 1 teaspoon cream tartar.
Mix in order names above and bake in a couple of shallow pans in a moderate oven.

Ginger Bread
2 cups “Town Talk.”
1 tablespoon lard.
1 cup molasses.
2 teaspoons ginger.
1 teaspoon slat.
1 teaspoon soda.
Sift the salt and ginger into the “Town Talk”; then stir in the molasses. Dissove the lard in a cupful of boiling water; stir this in. Then add the soda, also dissolved in a little water. Bake quickly.

Lunch Bread
2 eggs well beaten.
1 teaspoonful of sugar.
1/2 cup of milted butter.
2 teaspoonfuls baking powder.
1 pinch of salt.
1 pt. of “Town Talk.”
1 cup sweet milk.
Bake in a flat pan in a hot oven.

Melt 2 tablespoonfuls butter.
Stir in two eggs and 1 pint of milk.
Beat this well. Then add–
1 teaspoonful salt.
2 teaspooonfuls sugar.
Sift three teaspoonfuls of baking powder into five gills of “Town Talk.”
Place in muffin rings and bake immediately for five minutes in a very hot oven.
The most important point is to mix and bake as quickly as possible.

Original Booklet:

Original 1906 cookbook is available, Tid-bits from Town Talk. $18.00. The cooking booklet is in poor condition with covers crease, bent, spine split and edges rubbed, scuffed, stained, page corners folded, and mellowed interior. All pages present. 48-pages. Publisher: Lawrenceburg, Indiana: Lawrence Roller Mills Co.: 4 1/2 x 6″. Select “Add to Cart.”

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