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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Liz
  Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 6:07 PM
  Subject: Recipe for a holiday bread - cucerla


  My sister in law was telling me about a dense, crusty, buttery holiday yeast bread that her grandmother used to make. 
  It's not pannetone, as it has no dried fruit or nuts. She was from the village of Bobbio in the Piacenza area of Italy. 
  The cooking of the area was very much French influenced. 

  The name of the bread is something like cuserla (Kucerla?). I don't have the exact spelling, but this is phonetically 
  equivalent. Any help you can  provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Hello Liz,

Sorry, I cannot find an Italian bread that would be spelled phonetically like that, nor can I find a particular bread that is identified with Bobbio or Piacenzara.


I did some research on Italian Christmas breads/cakes. I have found the following which don't have fruits in them:

Pandoro: a sweet, golden yeast bread that is said to have originated in Vienna, but is now the specialty of Verona. 
Very common. Has lots of eggs & butter.

Crescia: a yeast bread from Marche, mostly served for Easter, but also for Christmas. Has lots of Pecorino Romano cheese, 
plus oil & butter & eggs with a little ground pepper.

Ciccioli bread or crescente: not a Christmas bread specifically, but a great favorite of Italians. Made with pork fat, 
usually cracklings. I think that when an Italian says ciccioli, it might sound like kee-chee-oh-lee, but that is just a guess. 
Cuserla looks like it could possibly be a mispronunciation of this.

I hope that one of these breads is the one the sister-in-law's grandmother made.


Twin Branch Drive-Inn

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Danielle 
  Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:25 AM
  Subject: Looking for the Coney Sauce Recipe from the Twin Branch Drive Inn 


  20 years ago we had a local root beer stand located in Mishawaka Indiana located on Lincoln Way E and corner of Ray Street. 
  It was run by Mr. and Mrs. James Spencer and their children Jill and J.R. Spencer. Mrs. Spencer used to make the drive inn's 
  coney dog sauce. I would like to have that recipe and cant seem to locate it. The root beer stand is now called Fenders Drive Inn. 
  Hopefully you can have better luck than I did.


Hello Danielle,

Sorry, I cannot find any mention at all of the "Twin Branch Drive Inn" in Mishawaka, IN.

The only James Spencer from Mishawaka, IN that I can find mention of is James R. Spencer, wife Mary. Both are deceased. Their daughter may be Jill R. Spencer, but I could not find a current location for her.


Fruit Dessert

 ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "celma " 
> To:
> Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 7:05 PM
> Subject: recipe
> Please help find this special recipe. I got it from a magazine in 1993. I 
> dont rememberthe name. The ingredients I remember are apples, pears, 
> nutmeg, brown sugar, apricot preserve, flour, butter, lemon peel. I 
> remember that I had to cut the apples thinly and cok them three minutes 
> each side on a saucepan with butter. I remember mixing the dry, put them 
> in a baking dish, sprinkle the pieces of butter. I think it needed some 
> rum too. Please help me. Its very important to me. Thank you
> Sent from my iPad

> Hello Celma,

> Was this a pie or a compote or what? Did it have a crust? What was the > name of magazine?

> Phaed

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "celma " 
To: "Phaedrus" 
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: recipe

> Oh, sorry about that. It didnt have a crust. And I believe it was a 
> Gourmet Magazine. I remember mixing the dry ingredients and cooking the 
> slices of apple  on butter 2 minutes per side. I pour the fruit on top of 
> the dry mix, and that is about all I remember. Thank you for reading my 
> email and getting back tome. Thank you, Celma
> Sent from my iPad

Hello, Celma,

Sorry, I cannot find anything that fits your description.


Apple Cake

From: Dale 
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:07 PM
Subject: Apple cake or torte


Any chance you can find a particular recipe for me.  I believe it came from the British Columbia (Macintosh) apple growers, around 1969.  
It was on a recipe card at the grocery store where I shopped in Berkeley, California.  It had apples and nuts and was utterly delicious.  
I've been looking for the recipe and trying to recreate it for years, to no avail.

You're the best!

Hi Dale,

Sorry, no luck with this. There are many apple cake and apple torte recipes out there that call for macintosh apples and nuts, but your information about the recipe is quite limited, so unless the recipe actually said “ British Columbia apple growers”, then there is no way to separate this needle from the haystack. British Columbia is where macintosh apples originated, so there are lots of web pages that have the words “British Columbia” + “macintosh apples”, but I found none with a recipe for “apple cake” or “apple torte” that contained the phrase “British Columbia apple growers” or “British Columbia Macintosh apple growers.”


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