Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Family Heirlooms from the Brueggemans

I thought today it would be nice to share memories of items from the Brueggeman's.  This memory is by Louise Krausman Fowler (daughter of Lousie Brueggeman).  Thanks to David Reinhardt for passing it along to me.

My mother, Louise Brueggeman Krausman, had Granny's noodle maker. As my brother Russell tells me, when
we moved to Washington, D. C. our Uncle Harold Darkow came to visit us and saw that the noodle maker was broken. He took it back to Ohio and fixed it in his machine shop and brought it back the next visit. I can remember my mother making noodles and laying the noodle dough out on the dining room table to dry enough to push through the machine. We thought that was the neatest thing ever! 

About the quilt-When my brother was sick in latter years our Aunt Emma sent this quilt of which mom thought was so very special and it was on her bed. She would often tell us different stories of when she and Emma were children and would run her hand over the quilt in the fondest of ways.

Hocus-Pocus Buns:" Take your favorite yeast bread receipe and after the first rising take a marshmellow and roll it in (melted butter) and then in a mixture of ground nuts, sugar and cinnamon and then put your yeast dough around the marshmallow and let rise the second time after putting it in a greased muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. You can sprinkle some sugar on top before baking.

Aunt Emma and mom would always make these buns for us kids, we thought these were really fun for when you would bake them the marshmallow would melt and when you bit into them, you would get a mouthful of air. Also, these are a fun thing to make with your children and/or grandchildren.

Wow, when I googled Hocus Pocus Buns, a ton of recipes came up.  Here is one if you are interested:

Hocus Pocus Balloon Buns Recipe

hocus Pocus Balloon Buns
a Marshmallow Starts Out In The Middle And Melts Away To A Sugar 'n' Spice Hollow.
1 Package Active Dry Yeast 
1/4 Cup Warm Water (105 To 115 Degrees F) 
3/4 Cup Lukewarm Milk (scalded Then Cooled) 
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Salt 
1 Egg 
1/4 Cup Shortening 
3 1/2 To 3 3/4 Cups All-purpose Flour 
1 Cup Granulated Sugar 
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon 
18 Large Marshmallows 
1/2 Cup Butter Or Margarine, Melted
dissolve Yeast In 1/4 Cup Warm Water. Stir In Milk, 1/4 Cup Sugar, The Salt Egg, Shortening And 1 3/4 Cups Of The Flour. Beat Until Smooth. Mix In Enough Of The Remaining Flour To Make The Dough Easy To Handle.
turn The Dough Onto A Lightly Floured Board And Knead Until Smooth And Elastic, About 5 Minutes. Place In A Greased Bowl; Turn The Greased Side Up. Cover And Let Rise In A Warm Place Until Double, About 1 1/2 Hours. (the Dough Is Ready If An Indentation Remains When Touched.)
punch Down The Dough And Divide In Half. Roll Each Half About 1/4 Inch Thick And Cut Into Nine 3 1/2-inch Circles. Mix 1 Cup Sugar And The Cinnamon In A Small Bowl. Dip Each Marshmallow Into The Melted Butter, Then Into The Sugar-cinnamon Mixture. Wrap A Circle Of Dough Around Each Marshmallow, Pinching Together Tightly At The Bottom. Dip In The Butter, Then In The Sugar-cinnamon Mixture. Place In Greased Medium Muffin Cups. Let Rise About 20 Minutes.
heat Oven To 375 Degrees F. Bake 25 To 30 Minutes. Serve Warm.
1 1/2 Dozen Rolls.

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