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Schwenkfelder Cake

Makes 6 (7-inch) cakes.

The Schwenkfelders immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany�s Silesia region in Germany. They are the more learned of the sects and maintained this belief in education.

Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.comIngredients

1 - package active dry yeast
1 - cup lukewarm potato water
1 - Tablespoon sugar
1 - Tablespoon flour
1 - teaspoon salt
1/2 - cup mashed potatoes
1 - package active dry yeast
6 - cups all-purpose flour

Sugar Mixture
1 - cup granulated sugar
1/2 - cup mash potatoes
1/2 - cup melted butter
1 - cup warm milk
1 - egg

1 - cup all-purpose flour
1 - cup brown sugar
1 - teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 - cup shortening


Preheat oven to 350� F.

  1. In a small glass, combine the yeast, 1/2 cup of lukewarm potato water, and a 1/2-tablespoon sugar. 
  2. Allow starting to foam. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, sugar, flour, salt, and mashed potatoes. 
  4. Cover and set aside for 2 hours or until foamy on top. 
  5. In another bowl, mix the sugar mixture of sugar, mashed potatoes, melted butter, milk and egg. 
  6. Add the first mixture into this mixture. 
  7. Gradually add 4 cup flour. 
  8. Set aside and let rise until double in size.
  9. Pour dough into electric mixer bowl and attach hook. 
  10. Mix at Speed 2 for 15 seconds. 
  11. Continue on Speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl, about 2 minutes. 
  12. Knead on Speed 2 for an additional 2 minutes.
  13. Remove dough from mixer bowl and place in greased large greased bowl. 
  14. Cover and let rise 1 hour. 
  15. Remove from bowl onto a floured board. 
  16. Form into 6 cakes and roll each cake 1/2-inch thick. 
  17. Place in greased 7-inch pie tins. 
  18. Brush top with melted butter, cover, and let rise until double in size. 
  19. Blend the crumb mixture of flour, sugar, cinnamon, and shortening. 
  20. Sprinkle across the cake tops and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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