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postheadericon Black Bottom Cupcakes

Growing up in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, bake sales were a “thing” in the Coal Region.  One of the go-to methods to raise money for new band uniforms, the football team, the scouts, class projects, or church fundraising, they seemed to be on every corner or in the front of every local department store every Saturday morning.

One of my favorites was the Black Bottom Cupcake.  Rich, brownie-like cake inside which a sweet cream cheese and chocolate chip “dollop” rested just waiting to blend together in every bite.  Oh, if only I had a dollar for every one of these I savored…

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black bottom cupcake recipe
Black Bottom Cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
black bottom cupcake recipe
Black Bottom Cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
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18 cupcakes
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Cake Batter
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy. Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make a well in the center and add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir together until well blended. Fill muffin tins 1/3 full with the batter and top with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
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postheadericon Amish Macaroni Salad

The Pa. Coal Region shares it’s love of eastern european foods with Pennsylvania Dutch delights.  Here is a versatile macaroni salad recipe for your next picnic or potluck.

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Amish Macaroni Salad
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  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, onion, celery, red pepper, and relish.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the salad dressing, mustard, white sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seed. Pour over the vegetables, and stir in macaroni until well blended.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
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postheadericon Hot Bologna

Growing up in the coal region, hot bologna was a staple.   You can make this local treat at home quite easily.

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Homemade Hot Bologna
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Homemade Hot Bologna
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Instructions
  1. Slice ring of bologna in desired size chunks or slice pieces lengthwise. Place in large glass bowl or jar.
  2. Add crushed red pepper and salt.
  3. Pour white vinegar and water over the bologna.
  4. Shake or stir well to mix. Refrigerate. Allow to stand a minimum of two days before serving.
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postheadericon Flitch

Old fashioned Coal region potato candy with peanut butter, very popular at holidays and bake sales.Made with — tah, dah — a boiled potato mixed with powdered sugar, then rolled flat, spread with peanut butter and finally rolled like a jellyroll.  Give it a try one time and you will keep it on your “treat” list!

Flitch

Flitch – old fashioned potato candy

Flitch
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Flitch
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1 roll
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Servings: roll
Instructions
  1. Boil and peel potato.
  2. In a dish, mash potato smooth with a fork.
  3. Begin mixing in confectioners sugar. If desired, add a few drops of vanilla. Continue adding sugar and mixing until the mixture is the consistency of dough.
  4. Sprinkle a little 4X sugar on a cutting board, put the dough between two sheets of wax paper, and roll the mixture to a 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. Spread peanut butter atop the rolled mixture.
  6. Roll up the sheet, loosening it from the board with a knife as you roll. Cut into slices and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
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