Growing up in the US in the 50's, I don't think many women actually baked from scratch. All the women I was aware of only used cake mixes. So when I moved to Scotland, I was amazed that this was not the done thing. Eventually I learned to make a sponge cake from scratch, but for years, my Mom had to bring me Brownie mix. I never even considered looking for a brownie recipe! Not until one day while visiting my Dad and Stepmother in St Louis did I realize it was even possible to make brownies from scratch. A dear friend of my stepmother gave me her recipe, and the highest praise possible here - it looks, smells and tastes just like a mix!! Someday when I am able to bake in my new oven, I will look that recipe out and share it! In fact, that would be a good thing to make the staff at Station 10 for next time.
Only I hope Mom continues to improve and there won't be a "next time".
You can say this for ready-mixes - the next generation isn't going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make. ~Earl Wilson