During Lisa’s last visit to the Ridge and Blue Antler Studio, we joined my mom and sisters on their annual Christmas Church Bazaar shopping trip that for them signals the start of the giving season.
Creative kindred spirits filled three stories of two different churches! I’m a little ashamed to admit that it was the first church, Christmas craft show I have been to in many years; not much has changed. There were the standard needle crafts, canned and baked goodies and beaded jewelry; but what I remember most fondly about a church bazaar, that wonderful sense of community, creativity and positive energy, was even stronger than I recalled.
As we made our way through the rooms of crafts, we were greeted as friends by women of all ages, and an occasional brave man. The woman freely shared their recipes, stories and sources with us. My mom, a life-long quilter, talked shop with fellow quilters; my sister purchased a necklace then briefly struggled with buyer’s remorse when one floor down she found another that she admired equally. I took home a beautiful crocheted afghan in vivid colors and collectively we took home delicious baked goods, home canned pickles and some great ideas. Lisa took a way from her first church bazaar, her first taste of potato candy and the recipe.
When I was a little girl my grandma Jane would make this delicious treat for her twenty plus grandchildren. Tie on a apron and try making this simple treat, and while rolling out the dough think of grandma, yours and mine.
Potato Candy – like Grandma Jane use to make
1 large potato
1 lb bag of confectioner sugar + or – (Grandma Jane would tell you that some potatoes are bigger than others)
Peanut butter (a small jar will do)
Dash of vanilla – optional
Peel, slice and boil potato until it is tender
Drain and mash the boiled potato thoroughly
(If you are adding vanilla add it now)
Add confectioner sugar a handful at a time until it forms a stiff ball (some folks sift the sugar but I’m pretty sure Grandma Jane never did)
Roll out the dough to about ¼ thick – using enough confectioner sugar (top and bottom) to prevent it from sticking (add more sugar to dough if necessary)
Spread a layer of peanut butter over the rolled out dough – just go with what feels right here
Roll up dough into a log and cut in half
Wrap each log in wax paper and chill before slicing into ½ inch pieces
Not into peanut butter? Simply roll the dough into little balls and dust with – what else? Confectioner sugar!