Day 28: My Favorite Recipe

HosenLaderHosen Lader (Pants Leather)
5 medium potatoes
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 cup cream
1 cup flour
Boil potatoes with jackets on. Put through a potato ricer. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a greased pan to about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with cinnamon before baking at 350 degrees. Optional to put in raisins.

This is my favorite recipe and here’s why: Although my dad rarely cooked when I was a child, when he stopped working it became one of his past times. This was one of his favorite things to make because it reminded him of his mother. This was one of her go-to desserts to make for hired men on the farm after a long, cold day working with cattle and horses. It’s warm and inviting and very German (hence the German name). Did I forget to mention that it’s disgustingly delicious??! It is by far my favorite dessert of all time. It’s a little bit addictive so beware before you make it. Fortunately, having to rice potatoes is labor intensive so unless you love ricing potatoes, it’s not likely something you’re going to want to make all the time.

The biggest reason this is my favorite recipe is that my dad wrote it down from a German recipe into English for me on a note card when I was ten. It’s on a 1970s-era recipe in his handwriting so it is nearly illegible to anyone but me. Nobody could ever read his writing but me. My mother would just flatly refuse. That note card has been mussed with, dunked in cream and sprinkled with cinnamon over the years but it keeps that terrible handwriting and the love of a man for his mother’s desserts intact. That silly little slip of paper means a lot to me but so does the sentiment behind the act of his writing down this recipe. He loved me like his mother loved him and he wanted to share this little slice of edible heaven with me.

I now wish this edible slice of heaven for you and your family. Make it for them with love. (Prepare yourself: This dessert doesn’t “look” good, but it is good. It’s named Pants Leather for a reason. That’s what it looks like, but its taste is out of this world. Enjoy!)

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