Friday was St. Nicholas Day
Saint Nicholas is very important in Germany
for good children put out their shoes
on St. Nicholas Eve
And he brings small gifts to children.
Saint Nicholas is an "ancestor"
of our American
We always celebrated Saint Nicholas Day
when I was a child
perhaps because Dad was German
perhaps because the "eve" was on my birthday.
And I have continued the tradition.
Normally the first of November
I make Dundee Cakes
They need to be "aged" in the freezer for a month.
But, alas, this year, the first of November found us in Italy.
And I did not make them in mid October before we left.
Tea on Saint Nicholas Day needs to be special.
And if no Dundee Cake
At least something special.
From my favorite store
A Wolferman's Fruit and Berry Bread
I know if says "Harry and David"
but it's really Wolferman's
(a Kansas City institution from 1888 until they closed in the 90's)
And I thought it a good replacement this year
for the Dundee Cake.
And so on Friday, we enjoyed tea in the breakfast room
With the fruit and berry bread, the Christmas dishes and a wee Saint Nicholas and his pack of toys.
A special tea and so we used the
The bread studded with fruit
This delicious, fruity cake is perfectly sweet. Full of cranberries, blueberries, apricots, strawberries and raisins, it's topped with a brandied orange sauce. And with all that natural fruit flavor, it's sure to be a hit.
And it was!
There's more bread left for other teas in December.
And I think it will make a good breakfast bread as well.
I did miss the Dundee Cake and although the Wolferman's Fruit and Berry Bread is good
(all Wolferman's products are good)
it really doesn't replace the Dundee Cake.
It's Sunday and I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.