These crowd-pleasing Czech pastries are the perfect partner for a cup of joe. They’re easy to make with canned cherry pie filling, but the homemade prune filling is a delicious option, too. —Carol Houdek, Minneapolis, Minnesota
IT WAS probably 45 years ago when the thrashers came to dinner at our house and Mother served this bread. Today, every time I bake it, I get nostalgic for those days.
My parents were emigrants from Czechoslovakia and couldn't speak English very well. The thrashers hardly talked anyway - they were too busy enjoying Mother's delicious food!
-Millie Feather, Baroda, Michigan
I usually serve this spectacular coffee cake on a silver tray with a small artificial poinsettia blossoms and leaves in the center. My daughter and I enjoy making specialty breads like this one and find they make excellent Christmas gives for family and friends.
—Gwen Roffler, Grassy Butte, North Dakota
"When Valentine's Day rolls around, I like to bake these cute muffins in small heart-shaped tins," relates Shirley Glaab of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. "Drizzled with pink icing, they look adorable and taste wonderful."
When I make this bread, I almost always have to bake two loaves so that everyone gets a taste!
It's especially good in the winter. In fact, last year when we went to a Christmas buffet at my husband's aunt's house—with a hearty soup as the main course—I took a Reuben Loaf along. It looks so pretty sliced and arranged on a platter, too.
My husband and I are crop farmers with three young children. Cooking—especially baking—is one of the ways I relax, and I also enjoy sewing.