Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rare 1923 Vintage Recipe Book Found At Estate Sale

I love Estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores and antique stores. We are always on the hunt for some treasure to buy and resell on the Internet to help suppliment our income.

Yesterday we were out hunting and stopped at a small estate/garage sale. Boy was it chilly. November in Northern Minnesota is not really garage sale time.

Well in this garage is a pile of books and as I look through them I found craft books on quilting, basket making and a couple of recipe/cookbooks. One of them was " The Franklin Sugar Sweetmeat book printed in 1923. Small recipe book and only 64 pages.

I will be listing it tonight on eBay but until it sell will share some of the recipes with you. It is rare and I have only found 2 other copies for sale on the Internet so far.

Tonight I am sharing a recipe for French Meringue Tart

6 egg whites, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 2 1/2 Franklin Granulated sugar or 3 cups of Franklin Powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp almond extract, 1 pint of whipping cream
Beat the egg whites stiff and dry, add half the sugar and beat again until the mixture will hold its shape, then gradually whip in the rest of the sugar and the flavoring. Line two layer cake pans with paper wet on the underside and spread the mixture lightly on the paper. Bake in a very moderate oven until firm and just tinged brown. Put together wtih whipped cream or ice cream and pile whipped cream on top. Decorate with fruit and serve very cold

Thanks for stopping by.. grace


  1. I really like your profile, you say so much about how we all could make changes. I started my own money journey here a couple years ago, so that I may save for my retirement. And you know, I am not having any less fun! Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a wonderful find!! It must have been so much fun looking through this book. The French Meringue Tart sounds a bit like Pavolva, doesn't it with the meringe and whipped cream and fruit. Sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with Cookbook Sundays.

  3. I love old books and cookbooks. I would of loved to through that one. If it is anything like my grandmother's recipes, she never really measured anything. Maybe I'll check out her old Betty Crocker cookbook (which I have and it is falling apart) and finally join in on cookbook Sunday! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to more.

  4. What a great little treasure of a book, and the french Meringue Tart sounds lovely - we're lucky you shared this with us before the book sells.
    Sue :-)