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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
After Church Treats
We're Lutherans. And whenever Lutherans gather there is coffee (for as Cass from That Old House coffee is not in a Lutheran's blood -- it is Lutheran's blood!) and you can't have coffee without something to eat!!!
Our church is early -- one service only at 9 a.m. and we get out at 10 or a little after. Breakfast is often quick nibble so after church we're definitely hungry. So week by week a family (or two) takes turns and brings treats for the congregation. We're not a large church (so we're not feeding hundreds) and so it's quite manageable to bring treats for Sunday.
I do the baking (the Saturday before) and Husband Jim helps with the Sunday toting and . .
The setting up. He's filling little cups with cream cheese for the bagels! Husband Jim is quite useful!
For this Sunday I made . . .
Stacy and Crystal's Cookies. They're my nieces and when I had lunch with them Friday they gave me the recipe. They really liked them and said that they were easy to make. They said that if they take them anywhere they always bring an empty plate home! And . . .
Sour cream coffee cake. The old standard coffee cake with cinnamon nut streusel in the middle. The recipe that is in so many cookbooks with little variations. I gilded the lily by giving the cake a maple drizzle. (And I cheat for I use yogurt instead of sour cream!) (And I used Ina Garten's recipe -- her cookbooks are always handy!)
Besides the sweets, I also added fresh strawberries and mini bagels and cream cheese to spread them with. Not everyone likes sweets!
And the congregation came and ate . . . I had crumbs to bring home (and a few bagels!)
With food and coffee after church, you stay and visit instead of rushing out the door after you shake the Pastor's hand. We always enjoy our Sunday fellowship.