I had lost my ties to my family history and my own heritage. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. If they could write, they, too, would tell these stories of family members and friends in the kitchen or around the dining table. This website is a collection of food memories and recipes written by many. The three of them spent the summer in the cool mountain air, surrounded by my grandfather’s family. Repeat with the whipped cream. He might be right. In a large bowl, by hand or using an electric mixer, beat butter for a few seconds. He just loved the freedom he had at her house. I was not aware of the price I had paid for my voluntary historical amnesia. Every year, as soon as school let out, my father packed up a summer’s worth of belongings and together with his mother and sister and rode the long train to Jordanow. Heat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, gently toss blueberries and zest, if using, with flour and set aside. [If topping is sticky instead of crumbly, drop pieces of topping to cover most of the blueberry layer.]. She died in 1949 in Israel. ©2019 by Food & Memory. [I used an 11-by-17-inch pan because it's what I already have, but you must reduce the baking time by 2 to 3 minutes.] After nearly 90 years, my father still speaks tenderly about the scrumptious, crumbly dessert that his babcia lovingly prepared. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and sour cream. I wanted to make my relatives come alive. She died long before I was born. I never thought about the full, rich lives they had led before the war. Please contact me if you have  a story and a recipe to share. “I still remember the day one of the horses chomped my fingers. She was deported from Poland to Siberia during the Holocaust. Preheat oven to 400°. Many were killed at the hands of the Nazis and their allies. My parents are both Holocaust survivors. My father spent long days outside in babcia’s big backyard, full of plants and animals. The recipe is my way to honor my family’s past – a small tribute to my father’s childhood and to Ernestyna Feit, a kind woman I will never know. Dust with confectioners' sugar or pour on lemon glaze. I never met Ernestyna Eiseen Feit, my father's babcia (grandmother in Polish). Serve at room temperature. Evenly distribute blueberries on top of batter. Find more useful information here. Add eggs one at a time, beating at low speed after each addition. Bake the cake for 12 to 14 minutes, until it's golden brown and springy to the touch. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/2 of the milk mixture. Lucky almost bit off his fingers! From there, she traveled to Turkey by rail, eventually making her way to Palestine in 1942. In a small bowl, fork blend egg, vanilla, and milk. Gently fold in the flour mixture, using a rubber spatula or whisk. Transfer batter to pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. My father Michael Feit as a baby, being held by his mother Anna Taube Feit. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes before inverting. Coat a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. Both Michael and Irene’s fathers worked in Truskavets in the summers during the early 1930’s. Proudly created with Wix.com, I never met Ernestyna Eiseen Feit, my father's, One of the only things I know about her is that she made a delicious blueberry cake. I was even unaware of the very existence of some of my great-aunts and great-uncles and utterly devoid of knowledge of anything about my great-grandparents, including my father’s babcia. Line the bottom of a 10-by-15-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Prior to hearing these stories, I did not really consider the past. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Copyright 2014 | By accessing this site, you agree to our Terms and conditions. Michael and Irene Feit, September 2019 My father holds a traditional sipping cup from Truskavets, Ukraine. What follows is one of my father’s fondest memories of his beloved babcia, Ernestyna Feit, may her memory be blessed. When the batter is sufficiently aerated it should fall from the beaters in a thick ribbon and mound on top of the remaining batter in the bowl temporarily, before being reabsorbed. Spread the jam on top of the cake, going all the way to the edges. She lived in Jordanow, a small mountain town in southwest Poland. Mix for a few seconds to moisten the flour. I remember sitting in my Aunt Zocia's dimly-lit Parisian apartment looking at old family photos and hearing for the first time about the joyous summer vacations she and my father would spend at her babcia's house in Jordanow when they were children. My grandfather had to stay at home to work, visiting whenever he could squeeze in time for a vacation. Please share your stories with me. Packaged cake mixes have reached even the remotest villages in Poland these days. Sign up for our newsletter and get our cookbook. Remove the cake from the oven and invert it onto a (non-terry) dish towel that's been lightly sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. Do you have a website or cooking blog? Spread batter into prepared pan in an even layer using an offset spatula. Join us and discover thousands of recipes from international cuisines. Powered by Brandeploy Keyingredient.com is a free cooking website. She is one of many relatives I only heard more about lately, once I started interviewing my father about his life. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving. I knew then that I wanted to document the happy memories of my own family. I presented my father with a book telling his life story on his 90th birthday. He did not mind that her inn had no electricity or running water. Just before serving, unroll the cake. Slice the ends off for a better look. Hearing about babcia’s blueberry cake for the umpteenth time, I finally decided to add Polish blueberry cake to my own baking repertoire. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Jul 20, 2014 - This easy Polish lemon-blueberry bundt cake recipe, or cytryny-borowkowy ciasto bundt, uses a packaged lemon-flavored cake mix. Continue to beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and lemon zest (if using) in a medium bowl. https://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/241717970/blueberry-roulade Barbara Rolek is a former chef who became a cooking school instructor and award-winning food writer. His sister Zofia 'Zocia' Feit Hochberg is the young girl standing in the doorway from behind. Looking to make the best desserts ever? Big succulent blueberry bushes flanked both sides of her vegetable garden. It was their strategy for building a safe and successful life for themselves and their family. I found the recipe for Easy Polish Blueberry Cake on The HollyTrail’s. Starting with a short end, roll the cake and towel together into a log, and cool completely on a wire rack. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. I continue to investigate my family history, questioning my father about what he wore, what he played with, and of course what he ate. Fold in blueberries and zest. Does the aroma of a food remind you of a place? My father loved spending summers at his babcia’s house. I could write these stories for them through this blog. My memoirs, Wedding Song and Leaving Iran, chronicle my life and those of my family members in Iran. Sprinkle the blueberries on top of the whipped cream. Serve with blueberry sauce, if desired. The batter will have doubled in volume. “You know more about my life than I do, now,” my father often quips with a twinkle in his eye.