Christmas Eve of my childhood

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“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love.”

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Moravian Lovefeast

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Hallelujah

Moravian Sugar Cake

    1 pkg. active dry, or cake, yeast
    1 purpose flour
    1/4 cup light-brown sugar, packed
    1/4 cup warm (not hot), or lukewarm, water
    2 tablesp. butter or margarine, melted
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 teasp. salt
    1/2 teasp. cinnamon
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    11/2 teasp. water
    1 egg, well beaten
    1/3 cup sifted confectioners sugar
    1/2 cup hot mashed potato (instant)
    1 teasp. hot water
    2 3/4 cups sifted all- purpose flour
    1/4 teasp. vanilla extract
    1. In large bowl. sprinkle or crumble yeast onto warm water (use lukewarm water for cake yeast) ; stir until yeast is dissolved.

    2. Stir in granulated sugar, salt, 1/2 cup melted butter, egg. mashed potato; blend thoroughly. Add half of flour; with spoon, beat until smooth. Add remaining flour; mix well. Cover bowl with waxed paper, then damp towel; refrigerate at least 12 hr.

    3. Turn dough into greased 9″ x 9″ x 2″ pan; with floured fingers. spread evenly in pan. Cover. and let rise in warm place (about 85° F.) until doubled in bulk.

    4. Start heating oven to 400° F. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, 2 tablesp. melted butter, cinnamon, and water. With thumb, make shallow depressions in dough, about 1″ apart; spoon some of brown-sugar mixture into each.

    5. Bake cake 20 to 25 min.. or until done; cool; then drizzle with combined confectioners’ sugar, hot water, and vanilla.

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