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Crullers

by Denise Mayoff (Abr)

This one is an old family recipe that my grandmother brought from Hungary. this is a real hands on recipe!

Flour - 4 scant cups
baking powder - 1 TBSP
grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon
juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon
6 egg yolks
whiskey - 4 heaping TBSP
Crisco
powdered sugar
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Put the flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.
Add egg yolks, fruit juices and rinds, and whiskey. Mix all this up.
Knead the dough by lifting with fingers and punching down, till dough leaves the hands clean and comes off bowl.
Melt Crisco in frying pan to depth of 1/2".
Working with small amounts of dough, roll out dough really thin on cutting board or counter sprinkled with flour. Try to use as little flour as possible.
With a pastry wheel, cut into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide.
Cut each strip into pieces about 3 - 4 inches long.
Cut a small slit in the center of each piece and twist like a Mobius strip, pulling the dough thinner as you twist.
Fry till golden brown, drain on paper towels.
When cool, sift powdered sugar on top.

My kids remember this as the "powdered sugar thing", and still ask for it. I got this recipe from my grandmother years ago by watching her and making her measure all the ingredients so I could write it down. I suppose this could be made in a food processor, but making it by hand brings back warm memories!