Saturday, April 6, 2013

Moravian Sugar Cake

My mother reminded me of this childhood dessert, which is standard fare wherever there are Moravians.  It can be found in grocery stores in Bethlehem, the Moravian town where I grew up.  The recipe is from Roberta Henderson of Schnecksville, PA, printed in Bethlehem's newspaper, The Morning Call.

1 cup mashed potatoes, hot or cold
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 package active, dry yeast
4 or 4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup potato water, warm
1 stick butter, melted

2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar

Stir sugar into potatoes.  Dissolve yeast in potato water and add to potatoes.  Add melted butter, salt, and beaten eggs. Stir well.  Add flour and mix well.  Let rise until doubled.  Spread evenly into four greased 8-inch pans.  Let rice one hour.  Punch nine holes per pan through the dough at evenly spaced intervals.  Put a small bit of butter in each hole and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing to learn what we can, and it is even more amazing to learn what we do not and did not know about some of the people we love in our time in one body or another. Dr. Colasante,Ona,you will always be remembered in my heart and mind, whatever we can or do call the mind. Consciousness? Inexplicable is the more apt. I had to look up Moravians, and it is the prime example of why you are and always will be so special in my time in this body, and hopefully many more...though the sugar cake would be too sweet for my taste at this time in my life! May the Universe (God) bless you and yours always.