Apple-Raisin Folds

About a week ago, I found a 1951 Better Homes and Gardens cookbook in an antique store in really good condition. Doesn’t look like it was ever used. My mom had a BHG cookbook when I was growing up and I’ve missed some of the recipes in it, so I went ahead and bought it. What a stroll down memory lane it is to look through the recipes. And I found a new one I hadn’t seen before that intrigued me. 

So I put my hair in curlers, dressed up in a dress, apron, hose and high heels, 1951 style, and got cooking:


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Yield:  1 1/2 dozen rolls


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons milk (120 degrees)
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/8 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Mix together sugar,



water and milk

in a medium mixing bowl. Add yeast

and egg, beat well.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar

and nutmeg.

Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time to wet mixture and blend well.

Turn dough out onto well floured work surface

and knead 4 times.

Put dough in a greased bowl, turn dough over,

cover with towel, put in a warm place, and allow to rise until double.

Punch down dough, and roll out on a floured surface with a rolling pin 1/4 inch thick, and cut into 3 inch squares. 

Collect dough scraps, knead into a ball, roll out to 1/4 inch, and cut into 3 inch squares.

Prepare filling:  Mix applesauce, brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, and raisins together in a small bowl. 

Place 1 teaspoonful of filling on each dough square.

Bring corners together,

and pinch edges firmly closed.

Place in muffin tin,

cover with towel, and let rise in a warm place until double. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brush each roll with melted butter

and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake until brown.

Keep an eye on them, as they brown quickly at the end of baking time. Mine were a little overdone, whoops, but hey, they were still delicious.

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16 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    Pictures of the baker 1950’s style? ;o

    • Suzanne says:

      Ha. You know, I asked my mom (born in 1939) one time if women really dressed like that when they did housework or cooking, and she said NO. It was just an advertising thing. 🙂

  2. Alice says:

    …and a vintage muffin tin to match!

  3. Margaret Kanel says:

    Where is the pic of you dressed like that! LOL

  4. Louise S says:

    I love the name “folds”, and they do look delicious!

  5. Alica says:

    These look delicious! And I bet they made your kitchen smell wonderful while baking!

  6. Rochelle says:

    I LOVE looking at old cookbooks The rolls look delicious!

  7. Evelyn says:

    ok; these are on my “to do” list; I was raised in the 50’s and I don’t remember my mother looking like Beaver Cleever’s mother either; LOL

  8. I have the 1953 edition of that; my mil knows I love to cook,and gave it to me for Christmas last year. Those apple folds are still in there. I like the old cookbooks; too many cookbooks printed today are, “Open this can, use that mix, wah-lah! ‘Homemade’ whatever!”

  9. Oh my stars…those look very yummy! I love old cook books as well! I try to pick one or two up every now and again.

    You know, sometimes I would like to try to do some housework in heels, a full skirt and a nice hair do. hahaha! Hey, maybe it makes housework more fun! who knows! hee hee!

    • Suzanne says:

      I’m so glad sometimes to live in the age we do, who’s got time to put their hair in curlers every night? Argh.

  10. Jill Brax says:

    Suzanne, you should send some of your blogs that have to do with cooking to a food magazine – like Taste of Home or Better Homes and Garden. I think they would really be interested in them. Maybe they’d give you your own column!

  11. Tina says:

    These look great and I fully intend to make them. I too love the old time recipes that are real cooking. I can follow an old recipe just fine that says a pinch of this and a No.2 can of that or a medium chicken. I still have my Mom’s mac and cheese recipe in my head and there are no blue boxes or fake cheese in shiny envelopes.
    By the way Ladies, don’t forget to have Hubbies newspaper under your arm and a martini in hand to greet him at the door when he comes home after work. Ha ha ha….bah.ha.ha!!!

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