Yankee Nut Cakes

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Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

  • About

One breakfast bread that took off in the colonies was indebted not to the English but to the Dutch. When the Pilgrims made a fuel stop in Holland in 1607 on their way to Plymouth, they fed on the oil cakes, olykoeks, of the Dutch, which were the same as the fat cakes, fettkuchen, of the Germans. These were balls of bread dough, left over from making bread, which were boiled in oil instead of in water, as the English did to make dumplings. To make yeast dumplings English style,