Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Where Does Baking Powder Come From?

Clabber Girl, of course!
Clabber Girl in Terre Haute, Indiana

Clabber Girl Bake Shop

And if you're in Terre Haute, I highly recommend the Clabber Girl Bake Shop.   
We breakfasted there when we stayed in Terre Haute last week on our way home from visiting
 Cass and Howard

Too many choices!

Mostly bake shop items but there is also gravy and some egg dishes

And more choices!

And a pastry case full of baked goodies.   (All made with Clabber Girl baking powder)

Our choice?

Good choice!

Biscuits, of course.   Because their whole name is often "BAKING POWDER" Biscuits!   What else to have at the Clabber Girl Bake Shop which is attached to where baking powder is made!

There's also a museum next door to the Bake Shop

Love 1940s kitchens!

I loved the 1940's kitchen!    Look at the stove and fridge!

A store of yesterday year.

And the old fashioned store.    With shelves of canned goods.

Reminded me of my grandfather's butcher shop

A case for fresh meat (which also could be cut to order . . . and not encased in plastic!)

bread looks freshly baked!

And loaves of fresh bread for sale.

Did I bring home a souvenir?   Of course!

A can of Clabber Girl baking powder.    THE baking powder of choice at Linderhof.   And it always has been.    I would have needed a new can soon and this can will be special -- bought from the Clabber Girl herself!

And . . . I got the recipe for the biscuits.   They're big biscuits and were very tasty!    I must admit that it wasn't "hush, hush" and the "secret" recipe passed to me written on a napkin in pencil.    No, it was a printed copy that they give to anyone who asks!


2 cups flour
1 T. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. cream of tartar
1/4 t. salt
1/2 cup shortening, margarine or butter
2/3 c. milk

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, sugar, cream of tartar and salt.   Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.    Make a well in center; add milk all at once.   Using a fork, stir just till moistened.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 10 to 12 strokes or till the dough is nearly smooth.   Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.   Cut dough with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts.

Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.    Bake in a 450 oven for 10 to 12 minutes or till golden.   Serve warm.


Rebecca said...

Who knew? Terre Haute?!? This would be a nice "Day Trip" for us!

I wonder if the cream of tartar isn't the "secret" to these biscuits? I have a sugar cookie recipe with it in...and I think it is ITS secret.

RachelD said...

We'll have to try both shop and biscuits---the C of T languishes on the shelf, awaiting only meringue, I think. And you DO have to replenish, for it seems to fade like corner-lost Clabber Girl.

Terre Haute is very close, but I've never heard of this place---sounds fun and just right for an afternoon's stop.

I always love being along on your adventures!


podso said...

for some reason I'm thinking of prairie home companion (powder milk biscuits) and also how as a young bride I did not know the difference between baking soda and baking powder. The result was memorable --think explosion in oven!

Rose H (UK) said...

I'd never heard of 'Clabber Girl' baking powder here in the UK. The biscuits look fab, and I LOVE the graphics on the tin :o)
Best wishes
Rose H

Bookie said...

I always use Clabber Girl! What a wonderful place you found. Did you bump into it or know ahead to seek it. It looks like a great place to visit!

From the Kitchen said...

Clabber Girl from Terra Haute and, then, there's Rumsford from Rhode Island!!


Martha said...

Bookie -- we stumbled into it looking for places to eat on trip advisor. Then I looked at their website and KNEW I had to go!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a great stop.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Near my ILL hometown! Yes, I have been there and really enjoyed it and lunch..came away with a mug that sits on the stove at 1515.

Cass @ That Old House said...

I buy Clabber Girl baking powder, too, right here in good ol' New Jersey!
That Clabber Girl gets around, doesn't she?
I never knew there was an actual bakery associated with the brand; how very cool.