The Ottumwa Courier


November 29, 2006

Baking a friendship

Blakesburg women excel at cakes


**************JOANNE RUBY’S RECIPES BELOW***************

Sylvia Sweeney’s Rhubarb Pie

2 cups fresh rhubarb

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tablespoon butter

pie crust dough

Mix flour, sugar and salt together and stir into rhubarb. Let stand, while you roll and cut the crust and fix into a nine inch pan. Stir beaten eggs into rhubarb mixture and pour into crust. Dot with butter. Make a top crust with strips of dough. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees and about 30 minutes longer at 325 degrees. Serve hot or cold with ice cream.

— Joanne Ruby

Yeast Rolls


4 cups water

2 cups milk

Add to:

1/2 cup yellow Crisco

6 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

Stir until crises, salt and sugar are dissolved.


2 1/2 pounds Gold Medal Flour

Dissolve 4 tablespoons yeast in:

3/4 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

Let rise to double.

Add to above mixture. Blend well, then add 3 to 4 pounds of flour, one pound at a time, until batter is stiff. Turn the mixture out on floured board. Let rise 10 minutes and then knead adding small amounts of flour until dough fights back. Place back in bowl, smooth side up and oil top. Let rise one hour. Punch down, turn and oil. Let rise one more hour, punch down and make into six dozen rolls. Place one inch apart on cookie sheet and let rise once more hour. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Time may vary depending on oven. Bake until golden brown, remove from oven and butter tops. Can be baked in five to six loaves. Adjust baking time 30 to 40 minutes.

— Joanne Ruby

Cinnamon Rolls

Use roll recipe but increase sugar to two cups and Crisco to 3/4 cup. Add six eggs after yeast has been added and flour.

After dough has risen two times pinch off 1/4 of the dough at a time and roll into a triangle 12 inches by 30 inches. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll together tightly and cut off one inch sides. Place on Jiffy roll pan, covered with quick release aluminum foil, one inch apart. Let rise for one hour and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on pan, remove and frost.

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