Mad Men Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake from 1963 New York Times

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake

Whoo Hoo! Tomorrow is the Season Premiere of Mad Men on AMC. Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet and I are creating some Mad Men inspired drinks and food. Yesterday, I made Broiled Nectarines Halves from the 1963 Sunset Magazine.

Thirsty? Mary recommends two cocktails! A Salvatore Romano inspired Limoncello drink and Late-Harvest Wine and Campari cocktails.

Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake
To celebrate Mad Men's advertising firm heading into 1963 this season, I browsed recipes in the New York Times. They would print menu suggestions every few days in 1963! I picked Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake from the September 5, 1963 New York Times.

This recipe is way old school. Like when we thought shortening was the bomb. Sure, what could be bad about taking some fat and solidifying it?

I also brought out a 40 year old electric mixer....a precursor of my KitchenAid.

Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake
The cake was easy to make and used up some apples I had in the refrig. Was it my favorite apple cake recipe? No (although using butter instead of shortening would probably bump the taste level up)...but I'm glad to go "back in time" and try something that Peggy Olson might bake for Father Gill! (Tom Hank's son is great in Mad Men)

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Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake
Adapted from: New York Times, September 5, 1963
1. Sift together: 1 1/2 c flour , 2 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt - set aside
2. Cream: 1/3 c shortening, 3/4 c sugar, 1/2 t cinnamon
3. Beat in 1 egg
4. Add flour mixture alternatively with 1/2 c milk
5. (I added 1/2 t vanilla to the milk)
6. Place batter in 9 x 9 pan (buttered and floured)
7. Peel, core and slice 2 tart cooking apples (I used three small granny smith apples). Place on top of batter.
8. Sprinkle over apples: 2 T sugar, 1/2 t cinnamon. Dot with 2 T butter.
9. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes.

Dutch Cinnamon Apple Cake
Mad Men, Season Premiere, AMC, Sunday, August 16, 2009, 10:00 pm
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17 comments:

lyndsay said... [Reply to comment]

love love love to bake recipes from "the olden days." food styling and photography were so different... i love the art direction so much on mad men!! yummy apple cake! :)

Katrina said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! I just made the TWD apple spice bars and am really craving something like this now! Looks de-lish!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

wow this looks delicious! I ve got a crase on apple cakes recently. this will be my next :)

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

Even if it's not the best apple cake it sure does look delicious!

Cucinista said... [Reply to comment]

I love the old NY Times recipes! I also love Mad Men (third season not starting in UK for months, damn it!). I happen to love cake. You have made me three times happy today.

Sam@BingeNYC said... [Reply to comment]

Haha, cute beehive! I love your mad men-inspired theme. As for the shortening, judging from my Nana's recipes it must have been very much en vogue. It was in almost everything she made!

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

I love the Mad Men avatar...I gave mine lipstick, cigarrettes and a donut :).

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmmm the pictures look great! I wish I could get that kind of focus magic on my point-and-shoot!

Kerstin said... [Reply to comment]

What a pretty apple cake!

Ingrid said... [Reply to comment]

Very cute you as a Mad Men cartoon character! I've never seen the program but that isn't surprising as I don't watch TV.

Love the golden color of your cake. Looks perfect!
~ingrid

Em said... [Reply to comment]

What a GREAT idea! I'm so excited MM is returning tomorrow... I've been watching old episodes trying to get my fix during the "off" season.

Sorry it wasn't super tasty but yes I can imagine Peggy making it for Father Gill :)

pinkstripes said... [Reply to comment]

Great recipe! It looks wonderful.

(I'm sad that I'm going to miss the premiere. I'm tivo-ing it, but it's not the same as watching it live).

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Too funny! That's my favorite part of recipes from my great grandma - hefty amounts of shortening, which I giggle at :) This apple cake looks fantastic, lucky me to have some of the TWD apple spice bars in my fridge right now! As for Mad Men, can you believe I've never seen it? Might have to start...

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

Nice job going old school Mary --- kitchen equipment and all.

Love that your avatar is eating her donut with gloves on...how proper is that!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

I've only just hopped onto the Mad Men bandwagon, but I am so psyched for the show tonight! And I love that you Mad Men'd yourself! Too cute.

April said... [Reply to comment]

It looks pretty and delicious! I haven't seen Mad Men yet but everyone I know that has loooves it.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm the cake looks yummy! Too bad you didn't love it. I love how the apples look on top with the cinnamon mmm. I just got season 1 of Mad Men to see how it is.

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