First Recipe Arrived!

Today I got the first recipe for the cookbook I’m doing to celebrate 20 years of the Cook’s Library column in Kansas Country Living. I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes in.

The first one arrived from Betty Caspers and it’s a family favorite.

This is a recipe for Old Fashion German Coffee Cake that both our mothers and grandmothers made,  probably even back more generations.
Old Fashion German Coffee Cake
I pkg yeast softened in I/2 cup warm water, add 1 Tbs sugar, let stand 5 minutes

Add the following:
2 cups warm water
1 cup sugar
1 small Tbls salt
1/2 cup shortening (lard makes the cake moist – it was probably the original shortening)
1 cup warm milk
enough flour to make a soft dough, stir to mix

Let rise, punch down once, let rise again and make into coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls.

For coffee cake, make into round cakes, place in pie pans or cake pans,  let rise, make depression in center of cake, fill with whipping cream, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Apples sliced thin can also be added.  Grandma would add canned and drained blue plums.