Posted by: Robin A. Edgar | April 28, 2010

Grandma Sandra’s Mandel Bread

In my book, In My Mother’s Kitchen, I teach people to follow their senses to significant memories to use to develop personal rituals that celebrate life and loved ones. Here is a recipe for my mother’s mandel bread that is a ritual from the story The Mandel Bread Pan.
Grandma Sandra’s Mandel Bread  
2C flour (If not self-rising, add 2tsp baking powder and ¼ tsp salt)
¾ to 1C sugar (as desired)
¼ C oil*
2 eggs
¼ tsp vanilla or almond extractNuts (almonds or walnuts) and chocolate chips (as desired)
 *Add jelly, yogurt or sour cream to further moisten if necessary 

Sift flour, sugar and dry ingredients in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Batter should be the consistency of your ear lobe — if too dry, add jelly, sour cream or yogurt. Place in greased pans (bottom of aluminum ice cube trays).Bake at 350º for1/2 hour or until golden brown. Cool, then slice and place on a cookie sheet, wide side up, and bake at 350º for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about two dozen.

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