Something happened when the Christmas carols were turned on this morning. The cookbook came out and in a short time the kitchen looked like a bomb fell into it. I managed to get through it and clear away the disaster part of baking. Then it was time for my reward.
You can see that the reward part is missing from the Striezel.
My mother used to make the best Striezel and I miss her baking, but without her I have to do the best I can from memory. I know she used nuts and raisins and I know now that the dough was firmer. Mine kind of spread more than it rose, but that little piece that is missing from the end of the smaller loaf sure was good just the same.
The gingersnaps are more traditional on the Captain’s side of the family, and the oatmeal raisin cookies were an afterthought only because they are our all-year-round standby.
Now please, help yourself. Would you like tea or coffee with that?