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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Moravian Sugar Cake

The beautiful Moravian star is reflected in a window
of Peace Moravian Church

Photo credit: Bill Guerrant

Grandmother Crouse's Moravian Sugar Cake

I've had requests for the sugar cake recipe. This is from my DH's grandmother whose family has been Moravian for generations. Grandmother Crouse's home in Old Salem (NC) stood until recently when it caught fire during renovation.

1 C. hot mashed potatoes*
1 package yeast
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. shortening
4 T. butter
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
4 C. flour**


2 C. brown sugar

Mix sugar, butter, shortening, salt and potatoes. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 C. warm water and add to potato mixture. Set this aside and allow to rise until spongy. Add slightly beaten eggs. Add flour to form soft dough. Put dough in clean, greased bowl, cover bowl with saran and allow to rise overnight or at least 5 hours. Spread out evenly on flat, greased pans after kneading (stirring) slightly. When dough is light, make depressions in it for butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in 350-375 oven about 20 minutes. Makes three Baker's Secret pie pans.

I use a Kitchenaid mixer when making this, with the regular wire beaters for the first step. Switch to the dough paddle when adding the flour.

*I use an old-fashioned potato ricer rather than a masher
**I get a much softer, moister product with a soft flour such as White Lily. Gold Medal is too heavy.
***I like to mix the cinnamon in with the brown sugar before sprinkling it on the dough. Drizzle butter which has been melted and cooled somewhat over the cinnamon/sugar.

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