Placek, Recipe Box - ATPC


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From: Marsha Brown Castro

This is the recipe my Polish mother, Angeline Kowalinski Brown has used for about 50 years. It was given to her by Rosalie Konwinski Ludwitkowski, who was my sister's girl scout leader -- Enjoy.

  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 cake Yeast (You may substitute 1 package of dry yeast if cake yeast is unavailable)
  • 2 cups Flour

    Scald milk and let cool until warm (about 100 degrees) in a large bowl. Add yeast and mix well till dissolved. Add flour and let stand for 1 hour.

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Lard or Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mace (nutmeg may be substituted- but mace has a better aroma & taste)
  • 6 Eggs (2 whole and 4 yolks)
  • Grated Lemon rind (use about 1/2 of the lemon)
  • 5 Cups or less of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Raisins


  1. Melt butter and lard (or Crisco) and let cool
  2. then add to the above flour mixture.
  3. Beat eggs and egg yolks, sugar, grated lemon, vanilla, and mace till fluffy and pale yellow in color.
  4. Add to yeast mixture. Stir in flour 1 cup at a time, (I usually use 4-4 1/2 cups). You don't want mixture so thick you can't stir it. It should still be sticky and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add Raisins (I usually use 1/2 of the allot flour to coat the raisins before adding them. They mix in easier)
  6. Cover bowl with cloth and let double in size.
  7. Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans.
  8. Divide dough between pans. Let raise in warm place about 45 minutes. Sprinkle loaves with Topping:


  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • Pinch of mace

    Mix sugar and flour. Cut cold butter into mixture till crumbly. Put on top of coffeecakes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until inserted toothpick come out dry.

Cool and enjoy!!!