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Sep 25, 2008 07:23 AM

Any ladylocks makers in the Triangle?

I just eloped. My friends are throwing me and my husband a small party next month. They are indulging my need for the Western PA tradition of a cookie table.

Back home, they always have not only a cake but a table overflowing with cookies made by the aunts, grandmothers, cousins of both families. It's like funeral food; each woman brings her A-game and becomes known for her cookie table contribution.

Lady locks are a cookie table staple. I've never made them. They are twisted cylinders of puff pastry filled with cream. I'm trying to find someone, maybe a grandmother who migrated down here to be close to the grandchildren, who can teach me or at least offer advice.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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  1. I've never heard of a lady lock! Sounds good, though. Perhaps you could go to a decent bakery in town armed with a recipe or maybe some links, and they could work something up for you?

    I'm going to keep an eye on this thread. I love learning about something new.

    1. Wish I could help but I had to give you a congrats on your wedding (what, no firehall for the reception?) I love that you are "getting back to your roots" and having a cookie table - maybe a Pgh bakery can make the puff pastry part and freeze, then ship to you on dry ice? Probably too fragile. My aunt makes them for Christmas and she pre-makes the pastry, freezes them, and then fills them later. Oh, I need some now but sadly I don't live in the 'burgh anymore, either. They have them where I live but not the same. I think its the Pgh water that does it ;)

      1. No help on the cookies, but...
        Yee-haw! Congrats!

        1. I did a quick google on "ladylocks" because I've never heard of it... but it looks like it's the same thing as a "creme horn"?

          Is there a difference? If not, I know I've seen them in bakeries in Cary and surrounding areas.

          Congratulations on the wedding though!

          1. Hi,
            If you go to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review website you will find your recipe for lady locks. It's the only recipe that I have that I have that I need a clothes pin for. I'm not sure how to attach a link and I do apologize. I live in Southern California and no one out here has ever heard if them.
            I'm sure you will have a wonderful wedding and lady locks on your cookie table will make it even more perfect.

            7 Replies
            1. re: Delphine

              The Tribune's recipe is here:


              I have a recipe they published for strawberry cassata cake, another thing you can't get here. It's the real deal!

              1. re: romansperson

                Ooooh, love cassata cake. I did see some at Hayes Barton a few weeks ago. May have been a special order, because I've only seen it the one time, and I didn't try it, but it sure did look good.

                1. re: Suzy Q

                  Was it a strawberry cassata, with a custard and sliced strawberry filling and whipped cream icing? Because the only place I've ever seen it made that way is where I grew up. I'd love to be able to get it here - it's a two-day affair to make one.

                  1. re: romansperson

                    romansperson, not sure this is what you want but at ny bagel and deli on falls of neuse, they make a strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting, custard filling with sliced strawberries. i got one. it was good. you may want to check it out.

                    1. re: lawyerlady

                      Thanks for the tip - I'll call and ask them about it. The cake itself is just a regular white or yellow cake (not strawberry flavored) but I'd be happy to take anything that's close!

                      1. re: romansperson

                        yes yes it's a regular yellow cake with a vanilla custard with fresh cut strawberries in the custard and whipped cream frosting. sounds like what you may be looking for! it was very good.

                        1. re: lawyerlady

                          Yes, it IS very good, hence my search - I'll definitely give them a call!