Mennonite puffed wheat cake. The ultimate faspa treat!

Mennonite puffed wheat cake. The ultimate faspa treat!

You’ve never heard of Menno puffed wheat cake?! This Canadian Mennonite treat was the highlight of many a Sunday faspa. So it’s Canadian, eh? That’s right! This faspa food tradition actually began in Red Deer Alberta Canada and was first made by a candy maker by the name of Alan J. Russell.  Although not “invented” by Mennos, it quickly became popular with thousands of Mennonite housewives across the prairies. It became the quintessential faspa treat!

So why was it so popular among Mennonites? This sweet treat was cheap, quick and easy to make. Just the kind of recipe that you needed when you suddenly found out that jast were coming for faspa.

Here's Leina's puffed wheat cake recipe that she always made for jast and special occasions.  It's best to let it sit for at least 2-3 hours before cutting into squares.  Make a batch!  You never know when jast might show up! :-) And puffed wheat cake is a lot sheeper to make than it is to buy Little Debbie Cakes!

The trip to Aylmer.

Here we see Leina and Hein when they were visiting frintshoft in Aylmer Ontario. Leina was a bit narwees (nervous) making the trip from Blumenfeld because Hein’s driving isn’t the best anymore, but they really enjoy being together and making road trips. So they packed a cooler with tweibach, cold varscht, sweet pickles, New Bothwell cheese and of course,....puffed wheat cake.

After the long trip, Leina said that she was so dankboa to have arrived safely. She was even more dankboa to see her frintshoft in Alymer again! She hadn’t seen the Pieta Hibront-shu in such a long time.   (Sie haud sich je-bätat) Mrs. Peter Hilderbrand had gained a lot of weight from the last time she saw her. (je-betat = gained weight) The 401 traffic was terrible on the way back but Leina and Hein were dankboa when they arrived safely back home. Leina was also dankboa to get her Tupperware back from the Hibront-shu.  They had forgot it there on the last trip to Alymer.

(BTW,..if you see Hein and Leina on the 401,..stay clear!)

A great coffee mug for any faspa!  Available in our gift store. Click on heart to view

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