Baking for the WASP at Avenger Field

The Texas Story Project. Inspired by Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

WASP at Avenger Field, Sweetwater,Texas.
WASP at Avenger Field, Sweetwater,Texas.

My great-grandmother, Lena Josephine Spencer, was a baker at Avenger Field during WWII. Besides "lots and lots of cobblers and pies," she also made up extra batches of biscuits when she knew a group of WASP was coming in.

They loved her warm biscuits. Her recipe was:

  • 4 1/2 gallons flour
  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups baking powder 
  • 9 cups shortening
  • 3 gallons milk 

The biscuits tasted wonderful, but it was a special touch she had in rolling them out that made them a warm, welcome treat for the women when they came in.

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