Roll coffee cake dough out quite thin, spread with melted butter (a
brush is best for this purpose). Let it rise a little while, then
sprinkle well with one cup of sugar, add one-half pound of ground poppy
seed moistened with one-half cup of water, cut into strips about an inch
wide and four-inches long; roll and put in a well-buttered pan to rise,
leaving enough space between each and brush, with butter. Bake in
moderate oven at first, then increase the heat;
bake slowly.
Take one and one-half cups of flour, a pinch of salt sifted into a deep
bowl, one cup of lukewarm milk and three-fourths cake of compressed
yeast which has been, dissolved in a little warm water and sugar. Stir
into a dough, cover with a towel and set away in a warm place to rise.
When well risen, take one-half cup of butter, one cup of sugar, a little
salt and rub to a cream. Add two eggs well beaten, stir all well and
add the risen dough, one teaspoon of salt and work in gradually five
cups of sifted flour and the grated peel of a lemon. Stir the dough till
it blisters and leaves the dish perfectly clean at the sides. Let the
dough rise slowly for about two hours (all yeast dough is better if it
rises slowly). Take a large baking-board, flour well and roll out the
dough on it as thin as a double thickness of pasteboard. When it is all
rolled out, cut with a round cutter the size of a tumbler. When all the
dough has been cut out, beat up an egg. Spread the beaten egg; on the
edge of each cake (spread only a few at a time for they would get too
dry if all were done at once). Then put one-half teaspoon of marmalade,
jam or jelly on the cake. Put another cake on top of one already spread,
having cut it with a cutter a little bit smaller than the one used in
the first place. This makes them stick better and prevents the preserves
coming out while cooking. Set all away on a floured board or pan about
two inches apart. Spread the top of each cake with melted butter and let
them rise from one to two hours. When ready to fry, heat at least two
pounds of rendered butter or any good vegetable oil in a deep iron
kettle. Try the butter with a small piece of dough. If it rises
immediately, put in the doughnuts. In putting them in, place the side
that is up on the board down in the hot butter. Do not crowd them in the
kettle as they require room to rise and spread. Cover them with a lid.
In a few seconds uncover. If they are light brown, turn them over on the
other side but do not cover them again. When done they will have a white
stripe around the centre. Take them up with a perforated skimmer, lay on
a large platter, sprinkle with pulverized sugar. If the butter gets too
hot take from the fire a minute. These are best eaten fresh.
The doughnuts may be baked in moderately hot oven and when half done
glazed with sugar and white of egg.
Take one-half ounce of yeast, mix with a little scalded milk which has
cooled to lukewarm, one-half cup of flour and put aside in a warm place
to rise. Allow two cups of scalded milk to become lukewarm. Add one
pound of flour (four cups sifted flour) to the risen sponge, then the
two cups of milk, mix these very well, cover with a cloth and put aside
in a warm place to rise. Take one pound of sweet pot cheese, a pinch of
salt, three egg yolks, rind of one lemon, one-half cup of light colored
raisins and sugar to taste; mix very well and add the beaten whites and
mix thoroughly. When the dough is very well risen, place on a pastry
board, roll out and spread with melted butter, fold these edges over to
the middle, then the top and bottom over, roll again and spread with
butter, fold all sides in once more, roll, spread with butter, repeat
the folding, roll out to one-half inch thickness, cut in three-inch
squares, place a tablespoon of the cheese mixture in the centre of each
square, fold over opposite corners, spread egg white over the top of
each pocket, let rise fifteen minutes or one-half hour and bake in a hot
oven; when they are well risen, lower heat and bake to a golden brown.
This will make about thirty cakes. The dough in the above may be used
with the following filling:
Boil and stone one-half pound of prunes, mash to a pulp, sweeten, add
the grated peel of a lemon, some cinnamon, etc., and put one teaspoon of
this into each square. Take up the corners, fasten them firmly, also
pinch all along the edges and lay in a buttered pan, let them rise half
an hour before baking. Spread them with melted butter, and bake a nice