Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Handwritten Recipe Wednesday: Congo Squares

Often during my shows I see folks have an Ah Ha! moment where some food or recipe I mention triggers a memory from their life. I thought I had combed all my memories, but this morning I had my own moment. I got up early to blog and exercise and found this recipe in one of my collections. My Mom made something for years that my brother called Congo Bars. She used chocolate chips, and they were a favorite dessert. Anyone know where the name came from? This is someone else's version, but still looks great. I did my best deciphering the recipe...
Congo Squares
2 3/4 sift flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder?
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. shortening or marg. (I don't know what it says under marg.)
2 1/4 brown sugar
3 eggs
1 c. walnuts chopped
1 pkg. semi sweet nestle morsels (6 oz.)
Mix and sift dry ing. Melt short and add brown sugar. Stir until mixed.  Allow cool slightly.  Add eggs singly and beat after each.  Add dry ing. then nuts. Pour in greased pan 10 1/2 by 15 by 3/4. (I think that's a jelly roll pan.)
350 25 to 30 min.
48 squares


Beth Tindall said...

Good heavens, I just made these 2 weeks ago! They were called Congo Bars on my handwritten recipe and I got the recipe card from a college friend in 1982. Still use her handwritten index card to make them!

Lynda K said...

I have never heard of Congo Squares before!! Maybe the line under marg. is "1 lb."?? The last letter looks sort of similar to the b in brown sugar. My mom used to use b.p. for baking powder all the time on hers.

I love your Handwritten Wednesdays!! Great idea!

Anonymous said...

I always believe that " Old is Gold". It also for recipes and its material. I like the blog about vintage recipe material.


Ashley said...

Thanks for the amazing recipe

Max said...

I think I'll give these a go this weekend. Although I don't know if I could use margarine. I'm a butter girl when it comes to baking.