Several years ago I came across an old recipe box labeled Gurney Kitchen Tested Recipes. The moment I peeked inside and saw a section for Pastry and Pie Filling, I knew I had to own it. In the 1950's, the Home Service Department of Gurney Foundry Co. Limited, makers of Gurney Electric Ranges, distributed kitchen tested recipe files to purchasers of their electric ranges. Popular demand for Gurney's index of individually tested menus prompted the company to make it possible for others to obtain the recipes files for $1.00. Included with over 200 recipe cards are short pamphlets on cooking techniques-- Deep Fat Frying and Sautéing, Roasting, Broiled Foods, Baking, and Pastry-- as well as ones for Cooking the Gurney Electric Way, Principles of Menu Planning, and Oven Meals. The recipes indexes range from Cocktails, Canapés, and Hors d'Oeuvres to Preserving and Confections.
Here are recipes for a Standard Pastry and Butterscotch Date Custard Pie.