Written by Lyn Dobrin Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00
The crumb topping on Hahn’s crumb cakes are so popular that they are sold by the bucketful, really. Clumps of sweet crumbs are packed in three-pound metal cans. And the buckets are refillable. For some, Hahn’s crumbs and crumb cake are essential, such as sisters Pat and Joan Kinnally of Old Bethpage who were in the wholesale bakery’s shop making sure they had a crumb cake for their brother visiting from Alabama.
Regina Hahn, who comes from a family of German bakers, got her recipe from her grandmother. In 1983, Regina was teaching in a private school and with two kids in college needed to increase her income. All her friends always requested her crumb cake whenever there was a gathering so she decided to adapt the recipe for large-scale baking. Her husband took the product to bagel stores and soon jobbers were coming to her. The big break came at a trade show in Atlantic
City when A&P approached her. She could no longer bake in such large quantities at home so she opened a bakery in Ronkonkoma. In 1994 Hahn’s moved to Farmingdale and ten years ago to the current location in Farmingdale.
Hahn’s crumb cakes are popular beyond Long Island. In his book New York Eats, Ed Levine included Hahn’s in his list of best crumb buns, and in 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late, Jane and Michael Stern had kudos for the Hahn’s
These days Regina leaves the baking of the crumb cakes (regular, raspberry, apple and chocolate) to others and management to her son Andrew but she is still in the plant five days a week overseeing quality control. She tastes every batch.
“So much can go wrong,” she says. “I can tell by the look of the cake if something is wrong.” She also bakes the pound cakes that are part of the Hahn’s line: butter, lemon, chocolate chip and cinnamon swirl year round, and seasonal pound cakes such as pumpkin and cranberry orange for Thanksgiving and eggnog for Christmas.
There are no retirement plans for the 76-year-old baker but she does take breaks during the day in the chaise lounge in her office. After 30 years of making crumb cakes, a person deserves a break now and then.
Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company is located at 75 Allen Blvd. in Farmingdale. Visit www.crumbcake.net or call 631-249-3456 for information.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale.
After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.