Sunday, November 4, 2012

Honey Oatmeal Bread

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup butter
5 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
2 eggs
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water

Place water, honey, and butter in small saucepan.  Heat over low heat until mixture is very warm (120 - 130f).  Mix 5 cups flour and remaining dry ingredients.  Gradually add liquid mixture and eggs.  Slowly add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until dough is right consistency.

Let rise about an hour.

Punch down, form loaves, let rise about one more hour.  Brush loaves with mixture of water and egg white, sprinkle with oatmeal.  Bake at 375 for 30 to 40 minutes.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mary (Beck) Vansyoc's homemade bread

Blueberry Sheet Cake

Blueberry (Blaubeeren) Streusel Kuchen



1 pkg. active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
2 egg yolks
1whole egg
¼ cup sugar
1 cup milk
½ cup butter
3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground mace
Grated rind of one lemon


1 quart blueberries

Streusel topping:

½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup ground almonds (optional)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
½ cup butter



Sprinkle yeast into warm water.  Let stand for a few minutes, then stir until dissolved.  Using electric mixer, beat egg yolks and whole egg until thick and lemon colored.  Gradually beat in the sugar.  Scald the milk and melt the butter in it and cool to luke warm.  Add 1 cup of flour and yeast to the egg mixture and beat well.  Add the milk, salt, mace, lemon rind, and remaining flour and beat for 5 minutes.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.  Punch down.  Place on a lightly floured board and roll out lightly and quickly to about ¼ inch thickness.  Place on floured or greased baking sheet.  Cover and let rise again until ½ inch thick.   Spread blueberries over top of dough.


Sift together all dry ingredients.  Work in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle over cake.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.


Use other fruits such as sliced apples or cherries

Apfel Streuselkuchen

Apfel Streuselkuchen (Apple Crumb Cake)



2 ½ cups flour
¾ cups sugar
½ cup milk
1 ½ sticks butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. baking powder


1 20 oz. jar chunky applesauce
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)

Streusel topping:

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp. vanilla



Cake:  Beat butter until foamy and add sugar, eggs, and lemon extract.  Combine flour and baking powder and add to butter mixture.  Beat well and add just enough milk so dough drops heavy from spoon.  Spread dough into a buttered glass 9” x 11” baking dish and top with applesauce.  Sprinkle with cinnamon. 

Topping:  Combine butter, sugar, flour, and vanilla, working with hands or two forks.  Mix until ingredients transform into loose crumbs.  Sprinkle streusel over cake until covered.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 75 minutes or until edges of cake are golden brown.  Remove and allow to cool before serving.


Variations:  can use apple pie filling instead of applesauce, or other fruits such as cherries or peaches.


Note: this is a recipe similar to Mom’s.  She used applesauce that she canned from apples on the farm.