Friday, October 19, 2007

Cherege/Angel Wings

My mother's parents were from Eastern Europe somewhere near Poland or Croatia or Austria-Hungary depending on where the borders of these countries are at any given time. "Cherege" was one of the first polish words I learned (after babushka, which was a scarf worn on your head and made famous by the long-time radio sportscaster for the Pittsburh Pirates, Bob Prince. The fans would wave babushka's with the pirate logo to show their support for the team.) "Cherege is like a doughnut or funnel cake, they are fried and dusted with powder sugar. They are shaped into little bowties before they are fried and puff when they hit the oil. They were a big hit at church fairs in Pittsburgh. This is a recipe from Mary Slbodnik.

1 cup buttermilk
4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 T. Shortening
1 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten

Set aside milk, then sift together in bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add 2 Tbs. shortening to the one cup sugar and mix; then blend into flour. Add eggs and the cup of milk. Mix well and add flour or liquid if necessary to make a soft dough. Roll out about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 by 1 1/2 inch rectange. Cut a slit in the middle and pull opposite ends through. Fry in shortening like you wuld doughnuts. Sprinkle with powder sugar. Drain on paper towels or paper plates before serving.

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