Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lily of the Mohawks Cake and Cornbread

The following recipes were submitted by Erin Yerian, in honor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha whose feast day is celebrated today. Thank you Erin!

Image found here

We are celebrating Bl. Kateri today and will have cornbread muffins with dinner.  Here is my favorite health(ier) corn bread recipe:



1 egg
1/3 c. applesauce
2/3 c. buttermilk
1 c. grated summer squash

Add to:

1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. cornmeal
1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. baking soda
dash salt
1/3 c. sugar

Bake in 325 degree oven till firm on top. Makes 12-15 muffins.

For dessert: It is doubtful that the old-time Mohawks used this recipe, but calls it a "Mohawk Milk Cake," so I thought it would be appropriate to use in celebrating the "Lily of the Mohawks." My plan was to place a lily in each individual bundt, but I didn't realize that my garden had slowed down, so one in the middle of the plate works. Here is the recipe:

Lily of the Mohawks Milk Cake


1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch Bundt pan. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In a saucepan heat milk and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and eggs until light and lemon colored. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture and the milk. Mix thoroughly and pour into prepared 9 inch Bundt pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

O God, who, among the many marvels of Your Grace in the New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily, Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech You, the favor we beg through her intercession, that this Young Lover of Jesus and of His Cross may soon be counted among the Saints of Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!
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  1. This looks like a delightful recipe for cornbread...and different too! We will be trying it at our house. Thank you for the lovely prayer at the end. Blessed Kateri,please pray for us!

  2. It sounds delicious, doens't it! I am wishing I had an oven right now so we could try it out! :-)

    I added the prayer to the bottom of the post, for the canonization of Blessed Kateri, from this website. I also ran across a beautiful Child's Prayer to Kateri Tekakwitha here.

  3. I loved the icon of Blessed Kateri!!, where did you find it?

  4. I just tried baking this cake. It tastes delicious, but unfortunately the sides poofed up over the top of the bundt pan ~ and the center part sunk DEEPLY. :( Is the 2 TB. baking powder really correct, or should it be 2 tsp.? The batter was awfully thin. THANK YOU for this wonderful website!!! I love it! The prayer to Blessed Kateri is awesome.