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Jan 1, 2010 08:41 AM

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family - Part 2

Beyond remiss in keeping this thread to a reasonable length. Starting anew for the new year.

Part 1 is here:

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  1. My husband's German aunt has made "shmarsh-gooken" (phonetic spelling) for years. They are quick bread pastry balls deep fried in oil. Sweet and studded with dried currants, finished with powdered sugar. They are a legend in the family, but lost, alas, since his aunt became senile.

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    1. re: Lanfeare2

      I asked my good friend, a German food fiend, if he might have heard of this. He suggested that it might be a variation on the Austrian dish Kaiserschmarnn. I'm wondering if your husband's family called it "Schmarnn kuchen" ("Schmarnn" (i.e., "mishmash") cookies, basically), to describe the pastry?

      In any case, here's a recipe for Kaiserschmarnn:

      Better images of the dessert:

      1. re: cdnexpat

        I was hoping we'd see my husband's German Aunt at the last family get-together, but alas, her health is failing. This recipe sounds close, although she definitely made the batter into round or twisted donut shapes. I'm eager to try these.

        Thank you again for the info!

        UPDATE: With the clue you provided, we were able to paste together the words "schmalz" (fat) and "kuchen" (cookie) to find exactly what we've been dreaming of: schmalzkuchen! Thank you so much!!

        1. re: Lanfeare2

          Fantastic! Glad you worked it out. So sorry to hear about your husband's aunt, though.

    2. My brother-in-law makes a dish called Kokomo Noodles ever Thanksgiving. It is a nod to his relatives from Indiana. The noodle-based dish includes Polish Kluski noodles in a turkey gravy.

      1. When I was growing up we made wonderful potato candy with my grandmother (her family was from Switzerland). I swear, all we did was pour powdered sugar on peeled potatoes, then add color and flavorings and shape into flattened ovals. I can't remember if the potato was raw (I think so) or cooked first (maybe), but it was as if the potato was just melted by the sugar. It turned out like a creamy mint patty. Has anyone else ever heard of a candy like this?

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        1. re: sarahNC

          Ahhh poor man's candy! There are lots of recipes out there...most use mashed taters though!

        2. In my family we make jam/butter from wild rose petals (yup petals not fruits) I think it's pretty uncommon :) If anyone is interested there is a recipe on my blog:

          1. My very Italian family would always start dinner with something we called "Scattone" (ska-tone). Pasta was cooked in boiling salt water. Into a small soup bowl, was combined a soupy mixture of the salted-starchy water, cooked pasta, homemade wine and freshly ground black pepper. This was always served in Italy in my ancestors' very small town. They continued the tradition here in the US. If anyone out there recognizes this dish....we're probably related!!!!

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              1. re: Springhaze2

                Thank you so, so much. I've added a post to the thread.