Monthly Archives: March 2011

fuel for the daily fire

I love sandwiches!

Homemade Molasses Oatmeal bread ( thanks Wanda!), smoked turkey from The Turkey Lady, swiss cheese, spicy mustard, romaine lettuce and just a touch of olive oil mayo. Superb!

breakfast of champions

So I have a new love……..his name is Rock Climbing! This Sunday a crew of us got together for some awesome outdoor climbing. What what could be better way to start the day then with a hearty and tasty breakfast??It was one of those perfect days: good food, great friends and the great outdoors. We had the best time. Cant wait for it to happen again……Breakfast was Corn Meal Griddle Cakes, Coffee Cake and cranberry turkey sausages from the Turkey Lady It was super delicious!

Chocolate milk and mayple syrup…….need I say more?

This sausage was perfect for breakfast!

Thats me in the middle in the bright blue….love it.

corn meal griddle cakes

Corn Meal Griddle Cakes

Recipe submitted by Mrs. Martha Kreider, Wadsworth, Ohio

2 cups buttermilk

2 egg yolks

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp melted shortening

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp soda

1 cup corn meal

1 cup white flour

2 egg whites

Sift flour; measure and add baking powder, soda, and salt. Sift again.

Beat yolks, add buttermilk. Then add dry ingredients. Beat until smooth and add melted butter.

Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Bake on a hot griddle.

Yields approximately 8 medium-sized cakes.

Old metal coffee canister is a great place to store cornmeal.


I was not paying attention to the directions, (so excited about rock climbing), that I missed a few things in this recipe. First off I did not have buttermilk, so I made sour milk and used that instead. Secondly, I did not use the beaten egg whites. I missed that as I was scanning the directions. Instead I just threw in the unbeaten egg whites. The cakes were probably not as fluffy as they could have been, but they were still very yummy! The corn meal gave them nice crispy edges and a good texture. Perfect with maple syrup!!

Make sure you whisk the batter to remove any lumps.

The completed meal! Coffee Cake, Corn Meal Griddle Cakes, cranberry turkey sausage and maple syrup!

coffee cake

Coffee Cake

Recipe submitted by Mrs. Hiram L. Gross, Kulpsville, Pa.

Filling and topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup dates or raisins

Blend these ingredients together well before mixing coffee cake batter.

Coffee cake batter:

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

Sift dry ingredients together and cut in shortening.

Beat eggs well and add milk. Combine liquid with dry ingredients.

Spread half the batter in a greased flat pan 8×8 or 6×10 inches.

Sprinkle with half of the filling. Add the other half of the batter and sprinkle remaining filling on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cut in squares.

I used the food processor to chop the nuts and dates. Gave them a good consistency.


I thought it was funny that this coffee cake was called just that; Coffee Cake. Not Coffee Cake Supreme or Nutty Coffee Cake….just Coffee Cake. However, the plain jane name did not transfer to the food, we all thought this cake was really good! Not to dry and packed with yummy flavor. If you like breakfast food or snacking with coffee, make this cake.

I used dates and almonds for the dried fruit and nuts; I think it was a really nice combination.

The batter is pretty thick and sticky, so it might be easier to scoop it into the pan and spread with an oiled spatula.

So tasty!

Make sure your pan is well greased.

household tip # 4

If a recipe calls for sour milk, you can substitute buttermilk. You can also make your own sour milk by putting 1 Tbsp of vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup and filling the rest with milk. Let set for a few minutes, and you have ready to use sour milk.

happy birthday to me

It was also my birthday last week…… thats a sign right?? ( Me and the man with birthdays two days apart…… seems like destiny!) For part of my birthday, my wonderful sister and I hung out and did some of the things we like best; hiking and eating. We went to Lancaster County Park and had an awesome time! She surprised my with a birthday cake she made from the Mennonite Community Cookbook, it was sooooo good! Burnt Sugar Cake covered with Caramel Frosting. Yum! We picked up sandwiches from the Campus Grille they were the perfect outdoor, tasty, portable picnic food.  If you are are a sandwich nut like me, go check them out!

I mean, turkey, artichokes and roasted red peppers, how can you go wrong???

Wonderful hiking fuel.

burnt sugar cake

Burnt Sugar Cake

Recipe submitted by Mrs. John Martin, Hutchinson, Kan.: Katie Rutt, New Holland, Pa.

1 3/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup boiling water

3/4 cup shortening

3 eggs separated

2 3/4 cups cake flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

Melt 1/2 cup sugar in heavy pan. Add boiling water and stir well. Set aside to cool.

Cream shortening and add remaining sugar gradually (1 1/4 cups). Add beaten egg yolks and mix thoroughly.

Sift flour; measure and sift again with salt and baking powder. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk. Beat thoroughly after each addition.

Add vanilla and burnt sugar mixture. Blend well.

Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into greased layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Makes 2 (9 inch) layers.

Caramel Frosting

Recipe submitted by Mrs. Tom Miller, Walnut Creek, Ohio; Mrs. Ida M. Gable, York, Pa.

3 cups brown sugar

1 cup top milk or thin cream

2 Tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

Mix ingredients together in a saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook syrup until it forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water (238 degrees).

Cool until you can hold your hand on the bottom of the pan.

Beat until creamy and spread on cake.

Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

my sister

Like comfort food, spending time with my sister always makes my day better and brighter. It amazes me how food can bring people together, and the love I felt in the birthday cake she made me. ( It didn’t hurt that it was especially delicious!) It made me want to make cookies for somebody, just because…….just because I love them. With that on my mind, I decided to take my Grandma High some supper next week. ( See the blog post molasses in the afternoon ). I am excited!

happy birthday to you

It was my wonderful boyfriends birthday this week! Yay! I love birthdays and especially when I get to bake something. So I put the Mennonite Community Cookbook in front of him and let him choose the cake he wanted: Marble Cake with creamy cocoa frosting. And that my friends, is what he got.

The cake was eaten at his birthday party at our favorite neighborhood joint, Mollys Pub . Lots of friends , drinks and fun! Happy Birthday!!

marble cake

Marble Cake

Submitted by Mrs. John A. Rhodes, Dayton, Va.

White part:

!/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups cake flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup sweet milk

4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy.

Sift flour; measure and add salt and baking powder. Sift again.

Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk and flavoring

Beat thoroughly after each addition. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Dark part:

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

4 egg yokes

1/2 cup molasses

2 cups cake flour

1 tsp soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp salt

1 tsp each of cinnamon and cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup sour milk

Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy. Add molasses and egg yolks. Beat until thoroughly blended.

Sift flour: measure and add soda, salt and spices. Sift again. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour milk. Beat thoroughly after each addition.

Drop alternate spoonfuls of each batter into large, greased tube pan so as to make a marbled effect.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Makes a very large cake.

This cake will not keep unless it is under lock and key!


This cake was a bit time consuming. Make sure you read through everything, and have enough time to complete it……I was a bit time crunched on the cooling and frosting end of things. This cake was a tad dry, don’t over bake.  A great cake for a crowd of people… it served at least 15 happy celebrating friends. I think it would be better as a layer cake with some frosting in the middle; two 9 inch pans would be perfect. Lastly, I think it would be great with milk or coffee……we had ours with beer and that seemed to work out just fine!

This is where tragedy strikes and I need to admit I have no pictures of the finished cake! Sometimes I totally forget because I am excited about whatever event is going on! I mean it was my guys birthday after all………

Creamy Cocoa Frosting

Submitted by Sarah M. Gehman, Bally, Pa.

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

3 Tbsp cocoa

3 cups powdered sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1tsp vanilla

1/4 cup strong coffee

Blend shortening, salt and vanilla together.

Sift cocoa and powdered sugar and add to mixture alternately with coffee.

Stir until creamy and spread on cake.

Rich and delicious!!!!