Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Portzelky with Dried Cranberries

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
  1. Place milk, water and butter in a microwave bowl and heat until very warm.
  2. Beat eggs and egg white together until frothy.
  3. Stirring continually pour very warm milk mixture over eggs until combined.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, salt, baking powder, yeast and 2 1/2 cups flour.
  5. Stir with a wooden spoon. Adding remaining 1 cup of flour. The dough will be a bit sticky, or 'shaggy'. 
  6. Stir in fruit if using.
  7. Set aside and cover with a lint free towel to rise for 45 minutes or until double in bulk.
  8. Heat oil in deep fryer or on stove top to 375º. Always stay near hot oil on stove!
  9. 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. 
  10. Remove with deep fryer basket or slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined baking sheet. 
  11. 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. 


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  2. Thanks for the reduced quantity recipe.

  3. I can see why those are a great New Year's Day tradition! They look delicious. Wishing this was one of my kind of Menno traditions - hmmmm maybe I'll have to start a new trend? Have a great first day of this new year!

  4. This recipe looks really good and seems simple! I do hate deep frying things because of the mess, but the fryer in your picture looks easy to use. Can I ask what kind it is?

  5. Is it similar to Oliebollen (Dutch Doughnuts) ?

    1. They are similar except for what you put in them. We had a Dutch neighbor who brought us some one New Years and they were the same but didn't have raisins. I think they had citron or something like that. My husband told the neighbor those were portzelky and she said, no they are oliebollen, so we had to compare recipes.

  6. Made these today ,wow they are so good , and easy to make .I dipped have in sugar ,the other half in a icing glace .Happy New Year and thank you .

  7. I have been making them with dried cranberries for several years now.. Vic much prefers them to raisins.. I'm still partial to the raisins .. but the cranberries are nice too and look pretty !

  8. Wish I'd seen this before I made ours on New Year's Day! I prefer apples in them, but hubby likes raisins; I think he'd really like it with cranberries though. Next year.......