Most wear their Polish baking crew aprons, as four cousins, the wife of another, and three of their children gathered one recent Saturday at the Bethlehem home of Ken and Pat Irvine to turn old family recipes into nearly 200 dozen kiffles, cut-out cookies and nut- and fruit-filled rolls for their families at Christmas. They've been doing it for three years, brought together mostly by the Irvine's daughter Kimi Gorman, who wanted to learn the recipes through her sense of tradition and camaraderie. Cousin's
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBB Kiffles: As Fran Bentkowski sets kiffles on the baking tray, Margo Knoblick rolls more dough for the next batch. Bentkowski remembered her mother baking kiffles in their Bethlehem home when she was younger, the kiffles that were sold at the one time family owned and Bethlehem based Groman's Bakery.
Next : Already in training the next generation, William Gorman and his cousin Sophia Pisano, practice rolling (and tasting) dough.
Cutouts: Sisters in law Joan Irvine and Pat Irvine ready cookies for baking by cutting out various shapes from the rolled dough, placing them on cookie sheets, and sprinkling colored sugar on each.
Aprons: Each family baker has an apron that signifies the family's ethnic heritage, which is the source of most of the recipes used.