Mary Wilson Bishop’s Heavenly Hash

Before I give you the recipe for “Mary Bishop Wilson’s Heavenly Hash” I want to give you a little information about the person who shared it with me, Anne Wilson Kostas. Anne & I go way back to our early teen years, & we have memories of all those goofy things that girls that age do. (Most of them we probably do not wish to share).

I am taking credit for Anne’s nickname “Pony”, which I gave to her because of her love for horses. All of the Sunday School kids at Trinity Lutheran in Wrightsville think that is her real name, & we don’t tell them anything different.

This recipe was handed down to Anne’s mother by Anne’s grandmother, Mary Bishop Wilson. Some of you older readers might remember Anne’s mother, Mary Wilson, as she was a music teacher who often substituted at Eastern in the 60’s & 70’s. Please note, this Mary Wilson is not to be confused with the other Eastern teacher named Mary Wilson who taught social studies & spoke with a little southern drawl. Oh my goodness, three Mary Wilsons!!!

After my last plea for recipes Anne was gracious enough to send me her grandmother’s recipe for Heavenly Hash. (She made it very clear that the recipe is “drug-free). After researching Heavenly Hash, I found that there is no general consensus on what it actually is. It’s described as a sweet confection containing marshmallows, and can refer to candy, ice cream, cake, cookies, brownies, rice pudding, or ambrosia. I even came across a recipe for a heavenly hash martini. So, I guess, pretty much anything involving marshmallows and fruit, then? I also found that while many of us look at February 2nd as Groundhog Day, others are seeing it as National Heavenly Hash Day. At least you can eat the Heavenly Hash, who would want to eat a groundhog?

I am thinking that I will make this for a picnic this summer, maybe you will too! And remember, I am always looking for recipes to share.

Custard in 2 qt. saucepan
1 egg beat up
add 1 heaping tsp. cornstarch add 1 C milk

and 2 T (light) sugar
cook till thickened (“not real stiff”)

Put in mixing bowl
1 1/2 can pineapple (cubed)
1 1/2 Royal Ann cherries — seeded, drained, and cut in half
1/4 lb. marshmallows (little)
Put marshmallows in, mix, and let stand. ________
Whip 1/2 pt. cream and mix into custard. Mix all together and put into refrig. 12 hours