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blackcrow
Warming Up

Australia
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  7:47:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit blackcrow's Homepage Send blackcrow a Private Message
wow this topic is so intriguing, so many unusual names of biscuits and other yummy things.
And a topic I'm right into!
I do a lot of baking this time of year too, but this time my mum is handing over the reigns to me!!!YIKES!!!
My dad every holiday season would bake weeks ahead enormous boxes of biscuits and breads for friends and family, I used to love it! He was a proffessional pastrey chef trained in Russia and Austria.
He died many years ago and my mum took over with the baking, and I hate to say it but they where never as good, and she made so much every year.
We all joked that we were saving all the fruit loves to build our house out of, they weighed a ton!
Anyway she has had enough and this year asked me to make the Kletzen brot,(not sure of the spelling)
A wonderful thing happened, she found my fathers old recipe, but the trouble was it is written in old german, but we had fun deciphering it over the phone.
I'm not sure if I wrote it down right so I'm checking with her tonight.
It will take 2 days to make and use up lots of dried organic fruit and the best bit RUM! So wish me luck for this weekend.
Oh and I will also have to make my traditional ginger bread men, using my dads old and very unusual cookie cutter.
I'll have to take some photo's and post them up on my blog!


LittleBlackCrow
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Valk_scot
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United Kingdom
1281 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2005 :  01:34:36 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by truly violet

hey val that actually looks really good
vi



It`s gorgeous, belive me. That`s why I hardly ever make it! It`s compulsive eating food, mostly because of the texture which is soft and smooth and gritty at the same time. But more than three or four small pieces puts you into extreme sugar overload territory.

Mostly it`s made in small bars or a few squares in a bag for selling at school fairs. But it`s also served with coffee after a meal...just one nice tidy little square, instead of a chocolate or peppermint.

Val.

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  06:35:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I am want italian torrone or nougot
I ask bernie every year and every year he either forgets or doesn't find it
THIS year I am determined to get my italian candy....
(It's a honey candy so isn't exactly junk food)

it is on my wish list for the holidays, if he doesn't get it for me.... I am going to go down to jersey and get it myself!

hahahahaha
that and cannoli's are my secrect food lusts....

well I am after all ......italian!
hahahaha

( you would never know huh??? )

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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probablyjane
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  06:58:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit probablyjane's Homepage Send probablyjane a Private Message
Val - can you still get Edinburgh Rock and Berwick Cockles round your way? My dad loves Berwick Cockles but I never seem to be able to find any.

Jane



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Valk_scot
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  09:16:20 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by probablyjane

Val - can you still get Edinburgh Rock and Berwick Cockles round your way? My dad loves Berwick Cockles but I never seem to be able to find any.

Jane



Edinburgh Rock is everywhere here....no visitor to our fair city is allowed to leave without buying some. It`s pretty revolting, though. I think it`s some sort of boiled sugar sweet with cream of tartar (?) added to make the liquid sweet foamy before it is allowed to set. Results in a sort of bubbly chalk texture.

As for Berwick Cocles, yes, they`re still around. You see them in old fashioned sweetie shops by the 100g, and prepacked in bags. You can buy them on line too if you type Berwick Cockles into Google. I`m a Rhubarb Rock girl myself, though, or Soor Plooms.

Val.

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probablyjane
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  10:44:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit probablyjane's Homepage Send probablyjane a Private Message
You are right Val, Edinburgh Rock is truly an abomination - but dad is nostalgic for Berwick Cockles which if I recall correctly are a minty version of the stuff. I didn't think of buying sweets on the net - they are in a part of my brain marked corner shop so thanks - might just surprise him for Christmas.

Jane

'What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?' Elvis Costello
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  11:12:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I looked all them UK candies up on the net and BOY some of them sound to die for!

and here me in pa

sniff

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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Valk_scot
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  11:19:27 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by truly violet

I looked all them UK candies up on the net and BOY some of them sound to die for!

and here me in pa

sniff

vi



Well, you and I could always get together after Christmas, Vi, when the post service gets a bit quieter, and I`ll swap you some of our quainter sweeties for USA sock yarn if you`d like to?

Val.

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  11:39:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
we'll see after the holidays val....

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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mokey
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  12:28:05 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I wonder why it is so tough to get UK sweets in the US? Wine gums, C&B Mincemeat, Cadbury Fingers, Flakes, Quality Street are just part of the scenery here.

Vi, is there no Italian grocer or deli near you? I can buy a few brands of the stuff at the independent Italian grocers down the block, or even at the mega chain.

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  12:38:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I never get to the only real one in town...
other then that if you want the GOOD authentic stuff I grew up on.... ( like cannoli's with citron NOT chocolate ewwwwwww) you have to go to jersey..
hackensack is usually pretty good ( hackensack bakery used to have the BEST cannoli)

that is the hardest thing about not being 'back home'
is missing our soul food...

still can't get a good hard roll up here
but finally got a half way decent bagel....

but cannoli.....no

torrone...... almost impossible to find here
and when you do it costs the earth and the moon......
but bernie works down in jersey now.....
so he should one day stop and get some for me huh????


vi

making peach hand lotion today.... followed by blackberry

then maybe orange spice


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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Lavender Stripes
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417 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2005 :  2:52:10 PM  Show Profile Send Lavender Stripes a Private Message
Mokey- snickerdoodles are just what Vi said- crispy little cookies covered in cinammon sugar-- I make mine really small, and they end up being really cute and yummy! Melting Moments are little really simple butter cookies that literally "melt" in your mouth! That's just kind of their texture- they're really good too. And horns-- oohh... All I can say is thank the lord I have plenty of siblings to eat them as well! They are basically a really flaky sour-cream dough filled with apricot jam and then brushed with egg white and walnuts, and when they finish baking, they are sprinkled with powdered sugar. No one ever thinks that they sound good, but when you try one...
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CatherineM
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USA
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  4:48:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit CatherineM's Homepage Send CatherineM a Private Message
For me, it's cranberry-orange bread (used to use the oranges from my own tree until citrus canker got it), butter cookies from the cookie press, and Chruschki (Martha Stewart's version linked below).

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=recipe1126&search=true&resultNo=128

We're Irish-American, not Polish, don't ask me how this recipe became part of our tradition, but my Gram made them, and then my mother took over. They are the lightest, most addictive little things, and absolutely perfect with morning coffee (for those of us who think cookies with breakfast is normal).

In my family we called them "Kriss-Chicky" - is that close, or can anyone tell me the Polish way to say it?

And mmmm, snickerdoodles! I haven't made them in years! I think I have to make some this year.

Catherine
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/02/2005 :  5:00:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I do the butter cookies in the press too....
and if my sister in laws are VERY GOOD
I dip them in melted chocolate for them....

then drizzle white chocolate over the dark

gee I wonder if the sister in laws have been good? cause bernie likes them too

hmmmmm
who said they were coming down to help me bake?????


vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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knittherapy
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USA
375 Posts

Posted - 12/02/2005 :  7:04:13 PM  Show Profile  Send knittherapy a Yahoo! Message Send knittherapy a Private Message
Great topic! I'm making:
Frosted cut-out cookies
Chocolate-cherry pinwheels
Lime crescents
Banana cookies
Kolacky
Raspberry truffles
Cinnamon spiced pecans
Peanut corn crunch clusters (peanuts and chex in a toffee-like coating)
...and I think I need to try those Turtzels!

This year I made up some dough and froze it, so all I have to do in the coming weeks is defrost and bake!

I am making up plates for the neighbors (along with 30 minute massage certificates; I just moved my business into my home in August and thought I'd get on my neighbors "nice" lists!) which will hopefully get done this weekend. I'm giving my clients truffles with a single-serve packet of chai tea (Big Train Chai, my favorite).

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Knit kitty
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USA
1383 Posts

Posted - 12/03/2005 :  09:20:39 AM  Show Profile Send Knit kitty a Private Message
These all sound so wonderful! Seeing the mention of cinnamon spiced pecans reminds me that I need to make "sugarplums". I don't know why my MIL calls them that--they are meringue-coated buttered toasted pecans. Not easy to make, but addictive.

~Rebecca

"Nothing, why?"
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LesleyKnits
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
502 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  06:38:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit LesleyKnits's Homepage Send LesleyKnits a Private Message
Yum, all this sounds so good! Catherine, I am 1/4 Polish and I'd love to try the Chruschki. I'm not exactly sure how to say it, I would probably say crewsh-kee.

Lesley
who is so glad she started this delicious topic!
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azknitter
Honorary Angel

5539 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  11:05:43 AM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
Baumkuchen for me. I love making it, and I love eating it even more.

I love all those thin layers of lightly broiled cake with apricot filling in between them and the chocolate drizzled over the top. Yummy and perfect for a once-a-year Christmas treat.

Trish
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MMario
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2210 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  11:25:16 AM  Show Profile Send MMario a Private Message
we have been fighting a losing battle for years to get gramma to STOP baking christmas cookies (since none of us need them) and if we are going to pig out on baked gooods during the holdiay season we much prefer it be cherry pie, apple pie, cranberry pecan bread, chocolate bread pudding, or steamed molasses pudding (okay - the last isn't baked).



MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.
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LesleyKnits
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
502 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2005 :  05:26:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit LesleyKnits's Homepage Send LesleyKnits a Private Message
I just remembered that I made these last year http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/getrecipe.zsp?id=104975

Pretzel + Hershey's kiss + M&M
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