Monday, June 27, 2011

Because Someone Asked

And others might be interested.


My grandmother's recipe:

~10c flour
~2c sugar
1c water
1c melted Crisco
5 eggs

Mix and knead for one hour. Let the dough rest an hour, then knead for another hour. Roll into balls and let rest another hour.
Melt enough Crisco in the cast iron skillet to float a battleship -- you want the dough to not touch the bottom.
Press each ball of dough out by hand until very flat, cut 3 vent slices in the middle (like you would in a top pie crust), and fry until crisp. Drain each one on a fresh paper towel.

My version
5c flour
1c sugar
1/2 c water
1/2 c no name brand vegetable shortening(don't have to melt it)
3 medium eggs

Put it all in the bread maker and select "dough only" setting.
When it's done, and you get good and ready, melt half shortening and half cheap vegetable oil in the skillet.
Pull off dough in small handfuls and roll out with the rolling pin. Cut vent slices and fry.
Drain on a paper towel, but not one for each, the doggone things are too expensive!

With either version, store in a paper bag. Not sure why, but that's what the family always did. My dad freezes them in the bag, and pulls out one each day.

Yes, my version is cheaper, easier, and my father, who grew up eating them the old way, can't tell the difference.

Today is

Armed Forces Day -- Great Britain

Canadian Multiculturalism Day -- Canada

Day Sacred to the Lares -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Discovery Day -- Labrador and Newfoundland (observed - actual date June 24)

Festival of Jupiter Stator -- Ancient Roman Calendar

"Happy Birthday to You" Day -- composed this day in 1859

Independence Day -- Djibouti

Initium Aestatis -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of summer festival)

Martyrdom of Joseph & Hyrum Smith -- Mormon

Mixed Races Day -- Brazil

National HIV Testing Day -- US

National Orange Blossom Day

Please Take My Children To Work Day -- a tongue in cheek salute to stay-at-home moms everywhere; give her a break, and take her children with you to work!

Seven Sleepers Day (Siebenschläfertag) -- Germany

St. Ladislaus' Day

St. Laszlo's Day (patron of Hungary)

Sunglasses Day -- a reminder to wear those shades, protect your eyes from UV damage!

Birthdays Today:

Gabi Wilson, 1997
Madylin Sweeten, 1991
Ed Westwick, 1987
Drake Bell, 1986
Tobey Maguire, 1975
Julia Duffy, 1951
James Daughton, 1950
H. Ross Perot, 1930
Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan, 1927
Helen Keller, 1880

Today in History:

General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec, 1759
Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail, 1844
George Dixon becomes the first black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion, 1890
The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia, 1898
Sailors start a mutiny aboard the Russian Battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war, 1905
Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane, 1923
The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War, 1950
The world's first nuclear power station opens in Obninsk, near Moscow, 1954
The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield, London, 1967
The President of Uruguay dissolves Parliament and heads a coup d'état, 1973
U.S president Richard Nixon visits the U.S.S.R., 1974
France grants independence to Djibouti, 1977
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, is adopted, 1989
Slovenia, after declaring independence two days before, is invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft, starting the Ten-Day War, 1991


  1. OMG does that sound delicious! I'm kind of glad I've never had one, because I suspect they are dangerously addictive. Yumm.

    (It's crabby; too lazy to sign out & back in on my other id)

  2. Yes, Crabby, i recognized the other name. And yes, they are addicting. My dad has gone low carb many a time, and lost weight, but he always comes back to these.


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