Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Get More Than Two Germans Together and There's Food!!!!

I remember as a child, whenever we went to any of my German relatives, there was always coffee and cake or cookies. As a child, I liked that there was always cake or cookies (and milk for me) A German would not think of having company without offering something to eat and drink!

We're Lutherans and Lutherans are often of German descent and every Sunday morning after church service we have coffee and "treats" -- which varies from doughtnuts from the doughtnut shop to homemade cookies and cakes and coffeecakes and Cynthia always brings homemade cinnamon rolls. (I do think attendance is always greater on those Sundays when Cynthia is in charge of treats!)

It was my turn this Sunday and so Saturday was spent baking cakes and Sunday morning I got up extra early to make some sticky pecan bites which I found on a blog -- shamefully, I can't remember which blog to give credit to where credit is due! I copied and pasted and then printed the recipe and I lost the blogsite!

The sticky pecan bites -- they are yummy, very easy to make and would be especially good for a brunch. It says to serve them warm but alas, I really couldn't (for I needed to be in church -- not in the kitchen baking) and they were fine. I would recommend making and serving them at least the same day. I did try one just out of the oven and they are killer!!!!

Two trays of cake -- half the old favorite Texas sheet cake and the other half my pound cake which is always a winner.

And fresh strawberries.

It's a team effort and husband Jim helped with the cake trays while I was busy with the strawberries and Kool-Aid for the kids.

The last stanza of the final hymn was sung and the doors opened and the throng descended. What did I bring home? A few strawberries and two pieces of poundcake which made the perfect nosh for our tea this afternoon!

It's Monday and I'm visiting Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's On the Menu Monday -- my Monday Menu is really Sunday's Treats!

Do try the sticky pecan bites -- they are stellar and many came back for a second or third (and some took seconds and thirds the first time around!)


24 pecan halves
1 cup flour, plus more for work surface
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
2 T. room temperature unsalted butter, plus more for the muffin cups

Preheat the oven to 400. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Lightly butter the muffin cups unless they are non-stick (I pammed mine)

Place a pecan half in each muffin cup, top side down. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt thoroughly with a whisk or fork. Make a well in the center. Pour the cream into the well. Use a rubber spatula to fold and stir the flour mixture and cream together just until the dry ingredients are completely moistened and a soft dough is formed. The dough should not look perfectly smooth. Let the dough rest for 2 to 3 minutes to firm.

Meanwhile mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.

On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll the dough to a rectangle about 12 by 7 and 1/4 inch thick. Use a small offset spatula to spread the dough with the soft butter, then sprinkle with a pinch of salt and the brown sugar, leaving 1/8 to 1/4 inch border. Press the seam to seal. Starting at one short end, roll the dough tightly. Gently stretch the dough to length the roll slightly to about 12 inches in length. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cut the dough roll crosswise into 24 equal pieces. (It's easiest to do this by cutting the dough in half, then cutting each half in half, then cutting each portion into 6 pieces. This is easier to do than it sounds.) Place each piece of dough in a muffin cup, cut side up.

Bake the sticky buns for 12 to 15 minutes, until browned. Rotate the pan from front to back halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. (The longer you leave them in the oven, the crisper the edges but the drier the dough.) Immediately turn the buns out onto a sheet of parchment on a heatproof surface. (And we do mean immediately, otherwise the buns may stick to the pan.) Serve warm out of the oven.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I think some churches could use your recipe and idea of treats after church to boost attendance!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

So, so true!!!!
We're in a German town and my is there always food! Good thing I go to the gym on a regular basis.

Mary said...

Gee, that looks good!

bj said...

Sometimes, we do that in our church.
Your pecan bites look absolutely great. I will make and serve these at our next home fellowship gathering.
Thanks so much for the recipe.


Everything looks yummyyy!!! Thanks for the recipe, I love German sweets and cookies. I have a German friend who lives in German Town in NYC and she sent me 2 books for G.S., for Christmas. I usually can't wait to go to my friend from German and Ecuadorian descent for her b'day, the 26th. of Dec., because of her cake and German kuchten (spelling?) and cookies. Hugs, FABBY

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I could really get into a tradition like that! I have German on my Mother's side and I always say we were raised on doughnuts! Haha! My Mom loved her coffee cake! And what a fierce sweet tooth I have!

Pondside said...

Our church has coffee the service, and the mornings that the Ladies' group is in charge are the very best - always egg salad sandwiches and goodies with our tea.

Maggie said...

After living in Bavaria for almost 14 years we came to love doughnuts of all varieties.
I do miss them, sigh!

Pam Kessler said...

Those Sticky Pecan Bites looks wonderful. One of my favorite memories of church when I was little was the time after the service when we all stood around and had snacks and the kids all ran around playing tag.

From the Kitchen said...

My childhood church never had food after services. However, on Wednesday evening after youth groups and before prayer meeting, we had a meal. I remember our church member/cook whose name was Mrs. Adams. She had a number of helpers and always prepared delicious food. My favorite was her spaghetti and salad with homemade rolls. Delicious times! Thanks for the memories.


On Crooked Creek said...

Church ladies always have the BEST I'm placing this in my recipe file for another day when I'm called upon to bring treats for Fellowship Time! Thank you for a glimpse of your heritage and your Church Family Traditions.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Did we already know this, that we are BOTH Lutheran????
This IS getting spooky!

We must meet -- Cass