This recipe has been passed through many generations. It makes a large cookie sheet of light and buttery treats. The recipe has been adapted for use with the dough cycle on a bread machine. Then it’s baked in the oven after rising. Try it once and you’ll get many requests for “Sugar Cake.”
Moravian Sugar Coffee Cake
1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup butter
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
3/4 pound dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, diced
1 teaspoon evaporated milk
1 Place potatoes and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup water, and mash.
2 Place mashed potatoes, reserved water, salt, sugar, mace, butter, egg, flour and yeast in the pan of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select cycle; press Start.
3 Spread dough on an 11×13 inch baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
5 Poke several medium holes in the dough and fill with brown sugar and butter. Sprinkle the dough with cinnamon and evaporated milk.