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I had never read Karlynn Johnston’s blog “The Kitchen Magpie” (https://www.thekitchenmagpie.com) but that didn’t stop me from picking up her cookbook. There was something about the retro colors and the classic Pyrex dishes that spoke to me. It made me feel if I had been a prairie housewife back in the day, these are the exact recipes I would have been making for my family.
The book is solid, at 312 pages, with a thick hardcover, done up in the prettiest pastels this side of Easter. It has a lovely preface and introduction as well as helpful pages on yields and pantry supplies, before it opens onto its seven chapters of recipes. The chapters are all sweets, ranging from pies to candy and confections, interspersed with charming stories followed by thank-yous and indexes for both recipes and the glassware used.
The first recipe I tried from the cookbook was Caramel Apple Streusel Sour Cream Pie on pg. 44, which required a single crust for a nine-inch pie. This brought me to Karlynn’s Premade Pie Crust Mix, which makes enough for 12 nine-inch pie crusts. The extra mix was stored in a large zipped bag in the freezer to be used for another day. So handy! As for the pie, it was tart and tangy with a crisp, sweet topping.
Saskatoon Butter Tart Pie on pg. 62 was another of Karlynn’s pie options that I baked. I used the before mentioned pie crust for the nine-inch pie and it worked just as nicely as the first time. This pie basically replaces the traditional raisins with Saskatoon berries and bakes up into a beautiful blue filling with golden brown edges. Yum!
The Kitchen Sink Cookies on pg. 105 were another hit. If you like a little bit of everything this cookie has it – oats, coconut, and three kinds of chocolate chips. They are the type of cookies that taste great warm, cooled or straight out of the freezer.
This is a recipe collection of baked goods that will have you baking for some time. I’m eager to make the titular Flapper Pie, the White Vanilla Mayo Cake, the Salted Pecan Toffee Bars…I may be busy for awhile. Ciao!