Baked Rhubarb

Prepare as for stewing, using same proportion of sugar and rhubarb, and bake in a moderate oven (350°- 375° F.). Bake until the rhubarb is reduced to a soft, red pulp.

Apricot Or Prune Whip

11/2 cups sweetened apricot or prune pulp 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup sugar

3 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Mix pulp, lemon juice and salt together. Beat sugar into egg whites, fold in fruit mixture and serve garnished with chopped nuts. If desired this mixture may be piled lightly into a buttered baking dish and baked in a slow oven (275° F.) 30 to 45 minutes.

Steamed Figs

18 pulled figs

2 tablespoons water

1 orange

3 teaspoons confectioners' sugar 3/4 cup cream

Wash the figs and cut out the stem end. Soak several hours, or overnight. Cook in a double boiler slowly until tender. Arrange the hot figs in individual dessert dishes around a central small mound of orange portions which have been skinned and sprinkled with sugar. Border with sweetened whipped cream slightly flavored with orange juice.

Knickerbocker Figs

1/2 pound figs Maraschino cherries Pecan meats

1/4 cup orange-juice 3 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons lemon-juice

Stuff the figs with cherries and broken nut-meats, allowing two cherries and five nut-meats to each fig. Mix the orange-juice, sugar, and lemon-juice, add the figs, cover and simmer until the figs are tender. Drain, cool and serve in individual paper cases.

Rhubarb Scallop With Meringue

1/2 pound rhubarb

1 cup granulated sugar

Grated rind of 1 orange

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 small sponge cake

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Wash and peel rhubarb and cut in 1-inch pieces; add sugar, orange rind and salt, mixing well. Cut sponge cake in thin slices; line bottom of greased baking dish with 3 or 4 slices; cover with 1/4 of rhubarb. Continue to make alternate layers of cake and fruit until material is used. Cover and bake in moderate oven (350° F.) for 30 minutes. Beat egg whites until stiff; add sugar slowly, beating until blended. Pile on baked pudding and bake 15 minutes longer, or until meringue is slightly browned.

Southern Fried Apples

Core but do not peel, medium-sized Jonathan or Spitzenberg apples. Slice 1/2 inch thick to make perfect rings. Heat 1/3 cup butter in thick-walled skillet - aluminum, chrome or steel - until light brown. Fit in the apple slices to cover bottom without breaking. Mix 2/3 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and dash of salt. Cover apples with 1/2 the mixture. After 5 minutes turn the slices with pancake turner to avoid breaking. Cover with remaining sugar mixture. Fry over low flame until almost transparent. If too well done, they break easily. Serve hot.

Custards, Gelatin And Cream Desserts

Most desserts made with eggs, cream and gelatin, or with any one or two of these ingredients, are best served very cold. The mechanical refrigerator is excellent for chilling such desserts.