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dewey s moravian sugar cake


in old salem ,nc is dewey's bakery. their sugar cake is world famous. each christmas i ship this wonderful treat to friends all over the us. never met anyone who didn't adore it. one of these friends calls it her "christmas crack" this is the original dewey's recipe.


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  1. Step 1
  2. Prepare mashed potatoes
  3. Peel one medium potato
  4. Boil until soft
  5. Drain and mash
  6. Step 2
  7. Prepare the dough
  8. Combine the egg
  9. Shortening
  10. Salt
  11. Milk
  12. Potatoes
  13. And sugar in the bowl of a mixer
  14. And mix with the paddle
  15. Mix for about 4 minutes to blend all ingredients
  16. If you are using a standing mixer that has a dough hook attachment
  17. Change over to the dough hook and add the bread our and then the cake our
  18. If you do not have a dough hook
  19. Just continue with your hand mixer
  20. Mix the yeast with the water and add to the bowl with the other ingredients
  21. And mix until combined
  22. At this point
  23. If you are using a dough hook continue mixing on medium speed for about 7 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic
  24. If you do not have a dough hook
  25. Then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic
  26. Step 3
  27. Cover and let rise about 1 -1 / 2 hours until dough has doubled in size
  28. Step 4
  29. Grease with shortening a 12 x 18 or 1 / 2 sheet cake pan with 2-inch sides
  30. Punch dough down and roll out to approximately 12 x 18 rectangle shape on a at surface
  31. Poke holes in the dough with either a docker or a fork
  32. And then t the dough into the bottom of a pan
  33. Fit dough tightly to the sides of the pan
  34. But do not push the dough up the sides of the pan
  35. Step 5
  36. Let the dough rest while you combine the butter
  37. Sugar and cinnamon in a pan on stove top
  38. Bring it to a boil
  39. Remove from heat
  40. Poke small indentations with your fingers into the dough
  41. Making sure not to poke holes all the way through to the pan
  42. Pour the warm butter sugar mixture over the top
  43. Spreading gently with a small spatula to ensure an even distribution
  44. Let the dough rise again until doubled in height
  45. Step 6
  46. Bake in preheated 365 degree oven for 15-17 minutes
  47. Sugar cake should be lightly browned on the bottom
  48. If there is a bubble
  49. Simply burst the bubb

Step 32

Total Time in Minute 15

Ingredients Count 13

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Granulated sugar


Powdered milk

Mashed potatoes

Bread flour

Cake flour


Active dry yeast

Unsalted butter

Brown sugar


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