Baking in Honor of "Mimi Pie"

Yesterday, my grandmother (called "Mimi Pie" by my grandfather) passed away after a short and tough battle withย leukemiaย at the age of 84. ย While the sadness that my family is experiencing is terrible, many beautiful things come from such a challenge. One such result from missing my grandma is a desire to put together memories in order to remember her in every way possible.

Thus, today is baking day! ย I am whipping up two of her best recipes and our family favorites. ย It's high time I learn, so I can pass them on to the little ones some day!

#1 - Amish Sugar Cakes (adapted from several family sources and developed to perfection over the years!)

5 cups flour (measure 5 unsifted cups and then sift)

2 cups granulated sugar

1 scant tbs. baking soda

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup shortening (butter is fine)

1 cup "thick milk" (buttermilk)

2 eggs

Combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt; work in the shortening as for pie dough. ย Then make a hollow in the center and put in the sugar, the milk which has the baking soda mixed in, and the eggs slightly beaten.

Mix together thoroughly, but do not beat. ย (Mix only until dry ingredients are absorbed; dough will be sticky moist.)

Add more flour if needed.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Sprinkle surface with flour and work dough into small balls, then place each one onto a greased and lightly floured cookie sheet and "smush" with your hand to create a little pancake shape. ย Sprinkle sugar over the surface of each cookie / "cake".

Place 6-8 total on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes at 400 degrees. ย Remove from pan within 2 minutes and place into a bag once completely cooled.

#2 - "Bunny Breads" (can also be easily changed into "Reindeer Breads", depending on the season!)

1 package dry yeast (+ 1/4 cup warm water to activate)

1 cup milk - scalded and then cooled to luke warm

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup softened butter

4 1/2 - 5 cups sifted flour

2 eggs

2 tsp grated lemon peel

1 cup golden raisins

baking cherries for Rudolf's noses or Bunny tails

1. ย Soften active dry yeast in warm water. ย Combine milk, sugar, salt and butter and cool until luke warm. ย Stir in 2 cups of flour, add eggs and mix well. ย Stir in softened yeast. ย Add lemon peel, raisins, and remaining flour, to make a soft ball of dough. ย Let rest for 10 minutes.

2. ย Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.

3. ย Place in lightly greased bowl and allow to rise in warm, draft free place for 1.5 hours until doubled.

4. ย Punch down and allow to rise again for about 1 hour until doubled again.

5. ย Divide into small balls and roll into 14" strips - then form into bunny shape (infiniti shape with ears...)

6. ย Add a small lump of dough to create "tail" of bunny.

7. ย Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Glaze: (add after bunnies are cooled)

Mix together 2 cups of sifted 10x sugar, 1/4 cups hot water, 1 tsp butter - brush onto dough once cooled after baking.


Stay tuned for photos of the bunnies in a couple of hours! <3 M