Such heaped-up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives! There was the doughty doughnut, the tenderer oly koek, and the crisp and crumbling cruller; sweet cakes and shortcakes, ginger cakes and honey cakes, and the whole family of cakes. And then there were apple pies and peach pies and pumpkin pies; besides slices of ham and smoked beef; and moreover delectable dishes of preserved plums, and peaches, and pears, and quinces; not to mention broiled shad and roasted chickens; together with bowls of milk and cream, all mingled higgledy-piggledy, pretty much as I have enumerated them, with the motherly teapot sending up its clouds of vapor from the midst — Heaven bless the mark! I want breath and time to discuss this banquet as it deserves, and am too eager to get on with my story. Happily, Ichabod Crane was not in so great a hurry as his historian, but did ample justice to every dainty.
-Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow was published in 1820 at part of a collection of 34 essays and short stories called The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Set in 1790, the story of Ichabod Crane has since been adapted into many popular movies from Disney, for many of us our first introduction to Washington Irving’s classic novel, through to Tim Burton. Regardless of the version you’re most familiar with, we bring it back to Washington Irving’s original story to give you inspiration for your Sleepy Hollow party this year.
We’ll publish the recipes and link to this menu as we go along, so don’t forget to come back and visit.
The Authentic Sleepy Hollow Menu
preserved plums, peaches, pears, quinces
milk and cream
Recommended Planning Schedule
3 days to 1 week before
pumpkin puree if making fresh- freeze
pull aside plates, platters and cutlery so you know you have the right numbers
make pie shells
3 days before
Start your decorating. The next few days will be focused on doing bit by bit of food
2 days before
grocery shopping for meats and fish
mix sweet cake dough
mix shortcake dough
1 day before
bake pies, cakes and cookies
prep chicken, stuffing
prep fried dough mixtures
fry crullers, olykoek and dough nuts