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New York Crumb Buns Sunday Treat

The New York Crumb buns. This was a Sunday morning treat, if I was given money to go to
Hanscom Bakery on 2
nd Avenue somewhere between 41st and 42nd on the east side of the avenue.

I would buy a half dozen crumb buns after 9 o’clock Mass (try sitting through Mass with an empty stomach thinking of Crumb Buns).

Remember, my Mother didn’t bake, so this was a real treat and didn’t happen very often. 



  • 3 eggs – large
  • 3 cups flour – all purpose
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ lb Crisco
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • crumb topping



  1. Cream Crisco and sugar, add eggs one at a time and beat until creamy.
  2. Add dry ingredients with milk and vanilla, starting with dry and ending with milk.
  3. Pour batter into a 10” X 15” baking pan, lined with parchment paper and slightly greased.
  4. Sprinkle with Crumb Topping.  




  • ½ lb butter – melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 ½ – 3 cups flour – all purpose
  •  ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  •  ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for dusting



  1. Mix dry ingredients and blend with cooled butter using a fork.
  2. Grasp by handfuls and crumble on top of batter. Bake at 350° for 30 – 40 minutes.
  3. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into large squares.  





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