A local medical association has a twice yearly book sale to raise money for medical field scholarships. Despite the fact that I'm in danger of being crushed to death by my cookbook hoard, 9 books followed me home from the fall sale. Most of them came from the clearance room, so my total cost was $11.50, with the big splurge of $5 for the Julia Child book.
|Hors d'Oeuvre and Canapes by James Beard, Austrian Cooking & Baking by Gretel Beer, The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken, Eat Great, Lose Weight by Suzanne Somers, Homemade Cookies Cook Book from Better Homes and Gardens, The Way to Cook by Julia Child, Magic Chef Cooking, Lorain Cooking, Southern Plantation Cooking by Corinne Carlton Geer|
Don't ridicule me for the Suzanne Somers book. It violates my rule against diet books and she can be a little "out there" sometimes, but she knows tasty food. I had copied a few recipes out of that book in the past, so I couldn't pass it up for a quarter.
Interestingly (to me, at least), the Magic Chef cookbook is a later edition of the Lorain cookbook beside it. From my brief searching, it looks like Lorain made oven regulators that were used on many different stove brands, much like my Chambers stove has a Robertshaw oven regulator. I would guess at the time the Lorain book was published (1928), temperature-regulated ovens were a modern marvel.
I wanted to justify adding more books by baking something from one of them for Sunday tea and crumpets. Alas, I had a serious craving for these coconut bars and since I hadn't blogged about them before, I decided to go for it.
|Cookies by Bess (1980) by Bess Hoffman|
This book did come from one of the previous book sales, so that counts for something, right? Right? It has also become one of my favorite books for cookies and bars. Bess Hoffman knew a good cookie!
These are really good, with a brown sugar shortbread base, topped with a gooey butterscotch/coconut filling that becomes brown and crisp on top. It's been a hit every time I have made it.
Coconut Bars (Printable recipe)
from Cookies by Bess (1980) by Bess Hoffman
1 cup sifted flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped shredded coconut
For the crust: Sift together the flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in the butter. Press mixture into greased 8x8x2 inch pan. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes.
For the topping: Beat eggs slightly; add sugar. Add flour, soda and salt to eggs. Fold in vanilla and coconut. Spread evenly over hot baked crust. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes longer at the same temperature. Cool and cut into squares.