Happy New Year Friends!
2014 is here and it's a tradition in our home and many Mennonite homes to invite family and friends for Portzelky. Some years I make a big pot of turkey soup and serve these for dessert. Typically these have raisins in them but for a change this year I've used dried cranberries. Before adding the cranberries I divided the dough into two bowls, added the cranberries to one and left the other plain....some like these little fritters better without the fruit.
(yields approximately 3 dozen)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 eggs, plus 1 egg white, beaten together well
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp instant yeast (sometimes called quick rise)
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, or raisins (optional)
- additional granulated or powdered sugar for dusting
- Place milk, water and butter in a microwave bowl and heat until very warm.
- Beat eggs and egg white together until frothy.
- Stirring continually pour very warm milk mixture over eggs until combined.
- In a large bowl, stir together sugar, salt, baking powder, yeast and 2 1/2 cups flour.
- Stir with a wooden spoon. Adding remaining 1 cup of flour. The dough will be a bit sticky, or 'shaggy'.
- Stir in fruit if using.
- Set aside and cover with a lint free towel to rise for 45 minutes or until double in bulk.
- Heat oil in deep fryer or on stove top to 375º. Always stay near hot oil on stove!
- Drop teaspoons of risen dough into hot oil. As the portselky cook they will usually flip over when cooked through on one side. You may have to turn them with a spoon.
- Remove with deep fryer basket or slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined baking sheet.
- If wanting to dust with sugar put choice of sugar in a large bowl and add portzelky and shake to coat. Or, place bowls of sugar on table for everyone to dust their own.