Simple Family Connections
Occasionally, thoughts will carry us back to joyful times with our grandparents. They are a families blessing and the backbone of its very structure. I feel sorry for those individuals whose lives did not include grandparents.
Children and grandchildren enjoy hearing stories about their ancestor’s lives and adventures. My great-grandparents (maternal side) homesteaded in the tiny town of Rosita, CO and there produced nine children. In that brood of nine, my grandmother held the distinction of being a twin; the other part of that twin set was a boy.
My great-grandfather worked the mines to support his family and my great- grandmother opened the first restaurant and boarding house in Westcliffe, CO (a few miles from Rosita). Her eatery quickly gained the reputation as the “best fixins around”.
After my mother passed away, I found my great-grandmothers cookbook among her possessions. I was as excited as a kid with a new toy. The backing is literally held in place by duck tape. However, the generations of recipes are still readable on pages yellowed and worn with time and use. This unique family connection continues to bridge the span of time.
So, from this precious resource, I am going to share one of my favorite childhood treats with you.
¼ cup shortening 4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs ½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup of milk ¼ teaspoon of allspice
About 4½ cups of flour ½ teaspoon of vanilla
Cream shortening and add sugar gradually. Add well-beaten eggs and the milk. With three cups of the flour mix baking powder, salt and spices, and add to first mixture. Add vanilla and enough more flour to make a dough that can be handled. Roll to about a quarter of an inch in thickness, cut in half-inch strips and twist to form figure eights, or cut with an ordinary doughnut cutter. Fry in deep fat. Roll in granulated sugar.
Time in cooking, 3 minutes each. Temperature, 370º. Yields 3 dozen crullers.