It is with sadness that I realize I can no longer do any of my traditional baking… especially for Christmas. The tradition has lasted for 62 years! This will be the first year that I won’t be doing any.
Shortbread, of course, Candy Cane Cookies, Almond Crescents, Peppercalker, Angel Wings, Birds Nests, and many more. I also made a sweet dough, and made Christmas trees out of it.
I made gingerbread houses… from scratch… not a kit. The fence was candy cane cookies. The tree was an ice cream cone turned upside down.. The shingles on the roof were sugar cookies, with coloured sugar on them.
Every year each one of my sons got to take a decorated cake to school. I had to take it, and the principal would put it on a trolly cart and take me and the cake to every classroom!
One Christmas Danny asked me to make a gingerbread house for his class party. I made a lot of extra gingerbread cookies and put them inside the house so there would be plenty for all. Danny never ate any of the other goodies that were there… he was waiting to eat gingerbread. Well, the teacher got a different idea. She decided to take the whole thing to Children’s Hospital, so the class didn’t get any of it… including Danny. He came home hungry!
I loved to make bread, and had a very special recipe for rye bread.. My family loved that bread. One of the four loaves would be devoured as soon as it came out of the oven…and the other three loaves didn’t last long with three hungry teenagers. I finally gave up on trying to keep that bread on hand.
You might want to try my bun recipe.
1 cup warm water )
2 teaspoons sugar ) Let set and rise.
2 Tablespoons Yeast )
2 Tablespoons Lard )
2 cups boiling water ) Let cool some.
1 cup sugar )
2 teaspoons salt )
2 beaten eggs
8 to 10 cups flour…. soft dough
Let rise a couple of times and make into buns and let rise until quite light.
Bake 350 F about 15 to 20 minutes. 60 buns.