I am looking for a recipe from the late 1960s or early 1970s for Congo Squares. It was on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip package. — Judy Steele, Zephyrhills
The recipe from the Nestle chocolate chip bag has been in the family of Judy Morrow of Spring Hill for many years. It's an easy recipe to make and the sweet treats keep well. A few other variations came in, some with all brown sugar and some with no dates. Some called for butter instead of shortening. This version produces a crunchy exterior. They pack well for lunches, too.
Phyllis Gordon of New Port Richey has lost her recipe for strawberry pie. The washed and hulled berries were put in a bowl with sugar, a pinch of salt and minute tapioca. A pie plate was lined with foil and the berries were placed in it, covered with the foil and placed in the freezer. When frozen, the foil was removed from the plate and a pie crust was put in the pie plate. The berries went into the crust and were covered with a top crust. Phyllis is unable to recall the baking temperature and ingredient amount. If you know this recipe, please send it for Phyllis.
Christina Bierce of Tampa also is searching for a lost recipe. It is for a candied fruit quick bread. She remembers the recipe possibly had cottage cheese in it. It was a cross between a stollen and fruitcake.
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