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My great-grandmother, Genowefa Samotyck was born on December 29, 1895 in Radomysl, Poland.

In 1909, she left Hamburg, Germany and arrived in New York. She married Jozef Zawisza, my great-grandfather, on January 14, 1912, when she was 16 years old and he was 21 in Perry, NY. They had four children together. She also had one son with Mr. Dudek.

In 1920, Genowefa may have voted for the first time while she was living in New York.

Genevieve Zawisza (center) Genevieve, my grandmother, (left) Stella (lap) and Helen (right)

Her husband Jozef passed away on March 23, 1932, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 42. They had been married 20 years.

She died in 1964 in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 69.

 


Thanks to Ancestry, I was able to connect with one of my mom’s cousins a while back. I am appreciative that she is into Ancestry as much as I am and that she is also willing to share the family recipes she has collected. I saved this recipe to make around Easter time. Mmmm Placek.

This recipe belonged to Karen’s mother, my grandmother’s sister, but I am including it to tell the tale of my great-grandmother since it may have been passed down. It is an easy recipe, especially with the convenience of a stand-up mixer. Enjoy!

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Placek
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
3 large loaves
Ingredients
Buttermilk Placek
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
Crumbs
  • 9 tsp. flour
  • 6 tsp. sugar
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
3 large loaves
Ingredients
Buttermilk Placek
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
Crumbs
  • 9 tsp. flour
  • 6 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sift together flour baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In mixer, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each.
  5. Gradually add the dry mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix well.
  6. Pour mixture evenly into 3 greased loaf pans or 6 mini loaf pans. Set aside.
  7. Combine or mix the crumb ingredients (flour, butter, sugar).
  8. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the batter.
  9. Bake 1 hour for large pans and 45 minutes for small pans.

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