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A beloved, lost recipe turns up in a 1973 book


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POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A woman came by our office one day, hoping we would have her favorite recipe for Mango Shortbread, which she'd misplaced. Unfortunately, we didn't.

A month later she came back to say a friend found her lost recipe in an old cookbook, “;What's Cooking in Waialua?”; The collection, published in October 1973, was compiled and published by Waialua Sugar Co. in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

She said she wanted to share the book to help us help others. It was a heartwarming gesture and a reminder that the best gifts are rooted in the spirit of gratitude.

Here's that recipe for Mango Shortbread and others from Waialua Sugar Co.'s cookbook. We hope the recipe for Tomato Cake fulfills another customer's search for a tomato cake recipe “;that uses tomato sauce and not tomato soup.”;

 

Mango Shortbread

» Crust:

1-1/4 cups butter

1 cup sugar

4 cups flour

» Filling:
1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups chopped mango

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in flour. Press 1/2 of mixture into ungreased 13-by-9-inch pan.

In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon; fold in mangoes. Pour mango mixture over crust.

Spread remaining crust mixture over mangoes. Bake for 30 minutes. Serves 24.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: 230 calories, 10 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 2 g protein

 

Tomato Cake

1/2 pound butter

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce and 1 cup milk OR 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce

4 cups sifted flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch pan.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla.

In small bowl, beat tomato sauce with electric mixer.

Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon.

Add tomato sauce and dry ingredients alternately to butter mixture; pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Serves 24.

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (made with milk): 230 calories, 6 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 4 g protein

Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (made completely with tomato sauce): 230 calories 5 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 4 g protein

 

For more recipes from Hawaiian Electric Co., visit www.heco.com.