Baking for the WASP at Avenger Field
The Texas Story Project. Inspired by Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
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.
Posted December 19, 2014