Christmas Present, Christmas Past

My Christmas Cakes, 2010 and 2016–Always White with Royal Icing M-J’s Classic Christmas Cookies I have been enjoying these festive shortbread biscuits since I was a child.  One half-pound of butter Two and a half cups of flour One cup of powdered sugar One tablespoon of milk (full-fat, of course) One teaspoon of vanilla (imitation…

Christmas Recipe: Povitica, or Walnut Roll

My mother, Lorraine, wrote and published this recipe in her book, The Pasty of the Copper Country. I have written my own interpretation of the recipe here:  Povitica Dough for Six Twelve-inch Loaves: 2 packages of active dry yeast 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 cup of warm water 1/2 cup of soft butter 2 cups of scalded…