This is Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans, and was first published in 1948.
This edition is from 1975. It came to me from the kitchen of Christian’s Aunt Vicki who was an excellent cook. She and Christian’s grandmother were Polish. They taught him many funny Polish phrases, including “Daj mi buzi”, which means “Give me a kiss!”
The book has its original Foreword, which is a somber tribute to the country’s losses during World War II and the determination and perseverance of Polish women.
The breadth and quantity of recipes (475) in the book is astounding, and it seems like a very comprehensive collection of traditional Polish dishes. I like the suggested menus throughout for different occasions, like this one below for Christmas Eve.
This recipe for Beggar’s Cake (Dziad) caught my eye and sounds very interesting. In short, cake batter is poured over a rotating, wooden rod over a fire. The batter is continually poured over and the layers bake in turn on the rod, creating a thick cylinder of cake – the drippings are also poured back over. The batter is heavy with eggs and lemon… and I have to say I am curious as to how this would taste! Has anyone had a dessert like this before? Maybe we should make this when we next go camping.
I am sharing the recipe for Kolachky, which are turnover-style pastries filled with cottage cheese or the fruit of the baker’s choosing. Similar perhaps to Handheld Cherry Pies, but with the cheese.
- This recipe is from Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans. It is listed and formatted below exactly as it is in the cookbook.