Kicking Off Catskills Folk Connection's
2021 season with Kelli Huggins
on WIOX Tuesday, March16 at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on WIOX 91.3 FM or wioxradio.org, Kelli Huggins will join Ginny Scheer on her bi-weekly program, Catskills Folk. Kelli is the Visitor Experience Coordinator at the Catskills Visitor Center, and she writes on a variety of topics for the Catskill Center's publications. She is especially interested in the history of cooking in the Catskills and shares her experiences with old family recipes and historic recipes she finds in her research.
On Tuesday night she will share a Cinnamon roll recipe from her family, and will tell us about two recipes associated with sites in the Catskills. The first of these is a recipe for Fleischmanns yeasted waffles; the second is for yeast rolls from the famed Catskill Mountain House.
For the Catskill Mountain House rolls, Kelli updates an historical recipe. Here's the original recipe with its long wait times and its estimated amounts of ingredients.
Set a thin sponge with wheat flour at about four o’clock as follows: Stir into a quart of water flour enough to make a thick batter, adding half a cake of compressed yeast dissolved. Let this sponge stand till nine o’clock and then knead up thoroughly; add a piece of butter the size of a large egg. Let the rolls stand till morning, then roll them out as thin as your hands, handle the dough as little as possible, cut it into narrow strips and lay in a pan to rise for three-quarters of an hour. Bake in a quick oven ten minutes.
For the modern recipe, listen in to Catskills Folk on Tuesday night. And watch this space. We may be able to share all three updated recipes.
--- Ginny Scheer, Folklorist