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Aunt Sarah's "quick Dutch Cakes" Recipe

History of Aunt Sarah's Quick Dutch Cakes:
Aunt Sarah's "quick Dutch Cakes" are a delicious and easy-to-make treat that have been enjoyed by generations. This simple recipe has been passed down in Aunt Sarah's family for many years, and it is a favorite among friends and relatives. The cakes have a rich, buttery flavor and a light, fluffy texture, making them perfect for breakfast or as a sweet snack.

Fun Facts:
- The recipe for Aunt Sarah's Dutch Cakes originated in the Netherlands, where they are known as "pannenkoeken." However, Aunt Sarah's version is a simplified and quicker way of making these traditional treats.
- The use of lard and butter in the recipe gives the cakes a unique taste and texture. Lard was a common ingredient in older recipes and contributes to the richness of the cakes.
- The addition of raisins is optional, but they add a burst of sweetness and a chewy texture to the cakes. Feel free to add them if you enjoy the combination of raisins and cinnamon.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Aunt Sarah's Quick Dutch Cakes:

Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lard
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- Optional: 1/2 cup raisins, seeded and cut in several pieces
- Sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling
- Butter for topping

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease two cake pans and set them aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, lard, and butter until well combined.
3. Gradually add the lukewarm milk to the mixture and stir until smooth.
4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring well after each addition.
6. If desired, fold in the raisins, making sure they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans, dividing it evenly between the two pans.
8. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon generously over the top of each cake.
9. Place about five small dabs of butter on the surface of each cake.
10. Place the cakes in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
11. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the pans for a few minutes.
12. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

These quick Dutch Cakes are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, still warm and with a cup of coffee or tea. The sugar and cinnamon topping give them a delightful sweet crunch, while the butter melts into the cake, adding richness and flavor.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you love Aunt Sarah's Quick Dutch Cakes, there are several other recipes you might enjoy trying:

1. Traditional Dutch Pancakes: These thin, crepe-like pancakes are a classic Dutch dish. They can be topped with a variety of sweet or savory fillings, such as powdered sugar, fruit, syrup, cheese, or bacon.

2. German Apple Pancakes: Similar to Dutch Cakes, German Apple Pancakes are made by pouring a thick, eggy batter over sliced apples and baking it in the oven. The result is a deliciously fluffy pancake with warm, caramelized apples.

3. American Breakfast Pancakes: These thick and fluffy pancakes are a staple of American breakfasts. They are typically served with butter and maple syrup but can also be customized with fruits, chocolate chips, or nuts.

No matter which recipe you choose, these sweet treats are sure to satisfy your cravings for a delicious and comforting breakfast or snack. Enjoy!

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