Family Baking Traditions

18
Sep
2017

Food brings families together.  It helps us gather at mealtime, celebrate holidays, and converse at community gatherings.

Family traditions preserve history and create a unique sense of belonging for each generation.  From the daily comfort foods like biscuits and mac-n-cheese to special dishes and desserts for holidays and occasions – baking is part of our families, cultures and memories.   It helps us define a shared family experience.

Traditions can vary in local, regional and national terms, but “traditional baked goods, passed down from generation to generation, represent a nourishment of the soul.” (Southern Foodways Alliance)

Traditions Celebrate Family

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, baby showers, family reunions…

The list of family occasions that merit acknowledgement and celebration is long.  Often, foods and desserts are selected to let the celebrated person know their day is special and important.  Families may prepare dad’s favorite dinner or mom’s favorite cake to mark an occasion with significance.  From BBQ, to cookies, cakes or petit fours… almost every family has their own custom for the celebration, it’s food and desserts.

Traditions Define Families

Our founder, Gunilla Kroshus, was born in Sweden, and comes from a family with a history of love for baking.  Her great-grandfather, owned and operated a bakery with his brother. Gunilla, passionate about the trade, followed in their footsteps and opened American Dream Cakes in 2001.

One of the baking traditions that has been handed down in her family is making Swedish Gingerbread cookies (snaps) during the Christmas season. The 5th generation recipe started by her great-grandmother Sara, is still made in small batches from scratch each year, but only through the month of December. The wonderful aroma of these gingerbread cookies fills the bakery throughout December. Gunilla and her daughter Sara, has continued & expanded the family tradition by creating a division of American Dream Cakes, called “Saras Pepparkakor” (Sara’s Gingerbread cookies) selling not only the original gingerbread cookies but also a variety of baked Holiday treats they’ve created based on the rich flavors in great-grandma Sara’s recipe.

Traditions Strengthen Families

Church on Sunday.  Family meetings.  Special trips.  How birthdays are celebrated.  What is served at Christmas…  traditions strengthen families.

What tradition did your family teach you?  What values were invested in you that you can bring forward to another generation?  Take the time to teach your family about the origins, history and traditions that are unique to your family.  As your family grows and changes, so will your traditions, but the significance that remains is part of what holds your family together.

Pull out that recipe Grandma always made.  Make it new again.

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