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Recipe Time!!

Posted by tigrrlily on 2006.12.23 at 08:14
This is a holiday favorite that I grew up with.  My Mom gave up on it this year and I took up the mantle. It's time consuming, as breads always are, but very tasty.


1qt liquid (2c milk/2c water)
2 pkg yeast
3/4 C shortening
2/3 C white sugar
2 egg yolks
1 heaping tsp salt
dash nutmeg
about 9 C flour

Scald milk and water (120-130 degrees Fahrenheit) when warm, add yeast, sugar, shortening, egg yolks, salt and spice.  Stir well.

Start stirring in flour until it is too much to stir, then knead in the rest.  The dough will be a bit sticky but that's okay.  Let rise until double in bulk.  About 45 min.

Knead again and let rise on counter for another 45 minutes.

Divide dough into manageable pieces, roll out to 1/8" thick.  Cut into 3" squares (I used my pizza cutter, worked like a charm)  put a heaping teaspoon of filing*  in center, bring  opposite sides together, overlap and pinch closed

Place on lightly greased pans, spaced about 3/4" apart

Bake 375 for 15-20 minutes.  When done, remove from pans, place on tea towel and brush with melted butter.

The full recipe yields about 6 dozen.  I halved it successfully this year, although it took more than 4 1/2 cups of flour.  I just kept adding until the consistency was right.

*for the filling, we traditionally have used a prune filling.  Various jams have also been tried.  This year I used almond filling and it was tasty.  Check the baking aisle in your grocery store for the Solo brand products.

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