The Beulah Karney Program & WENR held an heirloom recipe contest, entries came in by the bagful. Here is Beulah at her desk with some of the entries. Even envelopes addressed to “Beulah, Chicago Illinois” made it to her. Imagine that today!
This prize winner was a favorite at my house (still is) growing up…it wasn’t Christmas morning without Patica…
2 yeast cakes
¾ cup sugar
1 pint warm buttermilk
1 tbs salt
7 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup soft butter or margarine
1 cup honey
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups finely chopped walnuts
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
Crumble yeast cakes on bowl. Add ¼ cup sugar. Pour buttermilk over yeast and let stand 10 minutes. Add 3 cups flour to mixture. Beat smooth, then let stand until light and bubbly. (This will take 20 to 30 minutes, depending upon temperature). Beat in butter or margarine and remaining sugar. Add 3 eggs, remaining flour and salt. Beat smooth.
Set in warm place to rise. Cover with damp cloth or paper. (rising will take from 1 to 1 ½ hours). When light, punch down, and allow to rise again. (This last rising can be eliminated).
After punching down, toss onto floured cloth. Roll very thin in one long strip about 6 inches wide. (You may have to double this on your table as it will be a strip some 6 to 8 feet in length). Spread strip with beaten egg and honey. Then sprinkle with half of chopped nuts and mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Roll lengthwise two or three times into rope. Press seam to hold dressing in. roll should be about 1 ½” in diameter.
Grease tube pan with cold butter or margarine. Line pan with remaining finely chopped nuts so that outside of ring will be crusty when baked. Now coil dough round and round in pan. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F.) from 1 to 1/1/4 hours. Remove from pan at once. When cool, the ring can be iced and decorated with candied cherries, citron, etc.
To make an attractive centerpiece, put glittering Christmas tree balls around the platter and rest it on spruce boughs. Patica may be made a day or two before it is to be used. Then the flavoring will really permeate the whole ring.
Mrs. J. W. Humfreville