It’s been a snowy week, so it’s a great time to make comfort food, those ordinary easy recipes that remind you of home.    This recipe is courtesy of my gran.   It is undated, but I asked her for it when I was a young woman, so I have had this piece of paper for at least 40 years (perhaps more).


Gran had stopped school when she was 15 to work as a factory girl, and she did not write much, so it is a very minimal recipe.  She liked it because it is dirt simple to make, unlike some of her other recipes.    I saw an almost identical recipe on the internet today, so it is still popular.  And it comes from Kentucky.

Batter ingredients:

1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar (this is really a lot, I usually use 3/4 cup or less), 1 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt.   Mix this together to make a batter.

Melt one stick of butter in the bottom of your baking dish.   What size?   I use a 10″ round corning ware pan, otherwise I think the batter is too thick.    Pour the batter over the melted butter.

Drain a large can of peaches or cherries.   Make sure they are well drained.    Place the fruit evenly over the batter, it will rise up and cover the fruit as it cooks.   Bake at 350 F for 45 to 50 minutes, or until it is golden brown to the very center.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

I used too many peaches in this version, because I had thawed out a large sack of them.   But it was delicious, and perfect for eating on a cold snowy day.


My gran is the woman on the right, my beloved grandmother is the woman on the left, and that’s my older brother in the middle.








5 responses to “Recipe”

  1. Michelle Avatar

    I feel a baking session coming on … Will try your gran’s recipe and let you know how it turns out. A fun project with my youngest this chilly Boston week.

    Also … we have a 1yo granddaughter, clear across the country on the Olympic Peninsula where one of my oldest kids live … so that makes me gran! Still getting used to that.

  2. Michelle Avatar

    Also that piece the GA wrote about his father has been bothering me all day. Poignant writing but appalling for his mum.

    1. cthulu Avatar

      Yes, I thought so too. What is going on when the mother agreed to this insane arrangement?

  3. Elizabeth Fry Avatar
    Elizabeth Fry

    It looks delicious.

    I love your grandmother’s beautiful, cursive handwriting.

  4. Elizabeth Fry Avatar
    Elizabeth Fry

    Also, I have some recipes in my mother’s handwriting. Cursive, of course. And legible.

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