Wal-Mart's "Persians" (Pershings?) (1928), Bismarks, and Long Johns
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Greetings from Texas, after a day of Wal-Mart shopping for things like a
garden hose, broom, Bounty towels, and such.
The Wal-Mart in nearby Buda has a bakery section that offers such things as
Persians, Bismarks, and Long Johns. Persians?
After doing a Google search, I found that "Log in to unmask" over at the
American Dialect Society website (no way I'll ever get credit for my own work)
did some work on Bismarks/Bismarcks and Pershings.
Is "Persians" merely an error for "Pershings"?
The "Persian Roll" appears to date back to at least a Washington Post
article from 1928.
I also saw something at Mart of Wal this morning. And I preface this with
the observation that I know I'm being nitpicky and old-fashioned and all that.
I did something I rarely do: I bought a donut. They have those big
self-serve donut cases, you know? With the names of all the donuts on little signs?
Well, they had a shelf of "Bismarcks" (filled raised donuts. I knew them as
filled with currant jelly but it seems a custard filling is more typical. And
the currant-jelly ones may actually be Berliners.). These donuts are named,
yes, for the German Chancellor.
But they also had a shelf of "Iced Persians." A sort of donut/cinnamon roll
No, no, no, no. They are not "Persians." They are "Pershings." My
understanding is that they were named that during WWI, after General Pershing. You
know: Bismarcks (Germany) and Pershings (America). Kind of an early version of
Freedom Fries. Or similar to "Liberty Kraut" which is what sauerkraut was
renamed in WWI.
(And yeah, I know that Bismarck was not involved in WWI; he was dead by that
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LONG JOHNS--DARE has "An oblong pastry, usu. with a cream or jelly filling
and often frosted or glazed," from 1945. "Long Johns" is on page 423 under
"doughnuts" in A TREATISE ON BAKING (1948) by Julius E. Wihlfahrt (He's a
cook and that's his name! What can I do?--ed.), published by Fleischmann
Division of Standard Brands. "Bismarks" and "Pershings" are on the same
BISMARCK--DARE has 1930s for "an oblong cake, cooked in deep fat" and 1950
for "a deep-fried cake with a filling, usu. of jelly." CAKES FOR BAKERS
(Chicago, third edition 1926) by Paul Richards has "Bismarcks" on page 223.
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PERSHINGS, BISMARKS--Found in the bakery department of the huge Fred Meyer
superstore. DARE for Pershing?
_Handy Hints To Help the Homemaker; Recipes for Dinner Menu of Broiled Meat
Cakes, Hashed Browned Potatoes and Dressing for Chopped Cabbage. _
By LOUISE BENNETT WEAVER.. The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington,
D.C.: Oct 9, 1928. p. 11 (1 page)
1 package orange-flavored prepared gelatin.
1 2-3 cups boiling water.
1 teaspoon vanilla.
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1 cup stiffly whipped cream.
1 cup chopped dates.
1/2 cup nuts, broken.
6 macaroons broken in small pieces.
Pour the boiling water over the gelatin mixtures and stir until it has
thoroughly dissolved. Add the vanilla, lemon extract and salt. Cool and chill
until a little thick. Beat until frothy and beat in all the rest of the
ingredients. Pour into a glass mold (glass bread dish suggested), which has been
rinsed out of cold water. Set in a cold place to stiffen. Unmold and cover with
whipped cream. Place nut meats and red cherries on the top. Serve roll cut in
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_Wednesday, May 28, 1930_
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