The Spice Book- Cinnamon Fruit Muffins

Today I went to a friends of library book sale. I almost forgot about it and didn't get there until noon but they still had a lot of books left. I found some books and went to the sales table and one of the volunteers said "did you look back there?". They had another table on the other side of their cabana which looked like a work area so no one had looked there. One box still had the lid on so I opened it and wow lots of very nice hardback cookbook for $1 each. The prize was a huge cookbook containing 1,400 recipes called The Spice Cookbook by Avenelle Day and Lillie Stuckey, published in 1964 by the David White Company. It starts off with detailed information on the spice trade and descriptions and uses for many spices. It has lots of very charming pen and ink illustrations like the one above. Here are two muffin recipes:

Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup shortening, melted
1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Sift first five ingredients together into a mixing lowl. Combine eggs, milk, and applesauce and stir into the flour mixture, using 14 strokes. Then, stir in shortening and dates, using only 8 to 10 strokes. Fill well-greased muffin pans 3/4 full. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 27 minutes or until done. remove from pan. Dip tops in melted butter and then into t he 2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Serve hot with butter.

Cinnamon-Banana Muffins
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, well beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening, melted
1 cup mashed, fully-ripe bananas
1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Sift together into a mixing bowl first 5 ingredients. Combine egg, milk, and shortening. Add to dry mixture. Add mashed bananas and stir only until all ingredients are blended. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Combine 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle over top of each muffin. Bake in a preheated hot oven 425 for 20 to 25 minutes

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