In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Wilton employees to share some special memories and stories. For many of us, our moms – or someone who is like a mom to us – piqued our interest in baking. Who did you learn from? What special memories do you have? Or, are you a mom who enjoys baking with her kids? In this series, we will feature a different story each day. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of those who chose to share their MOMent!
When I think back, my love of baking started from watching my Mom and my older sister, Sheryl. With nine people in our family, Mom baked for special occasions. I always knew when there was a holiday, because there would be kolackis.
Sheryl was baking and decorating cakes with Wilton pans and tips back in the 70’s. I could sit for hours, watching her mix her icings to get just the right colors and then decorating with the tips. She had all the neat pans: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, etc. I felt privileged when she gave me her favorite pans when I had my children. I remember my girls perched up at the counter watching me decorate, just as I did to her. Of course, who wouldn’t like to try out the icing before it made it to the cake? My daughters have fallen in love with baking and decorating too and are so knowledgeable with all the products. It makes me so proud! It’s neat to hear when Emily is in the kitchen with a friend and the friend isn’t sure how to do something and she is able to say, “let me show you”.
Nothing reminds me more of mom than using her metal measuring spoons. They tend to fall off the ring and I’m constantly asking my husband to squeeze the ring back together. He once said, why don’t you just throw those out? Silly man! Those were my mom’s. He never asks that question anymore; he just smiles and squeezes the spoons back on the ring.
To this day, I still pull out mom’s recipe card every time I make kolackis. It is stained and splattered from all the years, but it is a wonderful memory I have of my mom. I love the fact that she typed it on a typewriter and there are corrections on the card. The recipe came from Poland with my buscia (Grandmother). For Easter, I made kolaskis and adapted the recipe for gluten-free kolackis for my daughter. I mentioned to my family that I may have that little recipe card made into a canvas print for my kitchen. How special would that be?
Even though my mom has been gone for many years, I always enjoy the traditions she started when I was little and enjoy that I have a few of my Mom’s favorite things when I bake with my family. Favorite family recipes bring back great memories!
CREAM CHEESE KOLACKI
3 sticks margarine
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups or more flour
Combine ingredients in order. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Put on preserves of ones choice. bake at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.