As I was whiling away my time the other day on twitter, I noticed that Mum on the Brink tweeted a post which spoke about food and memories.
This got me thinking to when I was little and we used to visit my Babcia (polish for grandmother) and the aroma of all the foods that would be coming from her kitchen. In fact I can still smell it now. She used to make pierogies, gorgeous pillows of doughiness filled with cheese and potatoes and drenched with fried butter, cabbage rolls overflowing with rice and meat with lashings of sour cream. And how could I forget the paczki’s(I pronounce them as punchkies) fried doughnuts filled with plum jam and another fried favourite called chrusciki(crinkles is the best way I can describe these). All this lovely food took pride of place on the table every Christmas
After seeing my Babcia last week, she is now 92 and sadly forgotten a lot of things and I now regret the times when she offered to show me how to make these favourites of mine.
Inspired by my brother’s trip to Poland last year, I bought The Art of Polish Cooking so I could teach myself these recipes.
This is a picture of my Babcia and my son on our visit to Canada last year
Here is the recipe for Chrusciki which I will be making this Christmas for my family
2 medium eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 c soft butter
2/3 cup icing sugar
Beat the eggs and egg yolks with salt until creamy. Add the 1/2 cup sugar and beat some more. Add the flour, vodka and butter. Knead the dough for 10 minutes.
Roll out small portion on a lightly floured board, paper thin. Cut out 1 1/2 x 6 inch strips. Cut a 2 inch hole in the middle of each strip, then pass one end of the strip through it.
Heat the shortening in a large frying pan. Fry strips on high heat on both sides until golden. Place on tissue paper to cool. Sprinkle with icing sugar.
This is a traditional Polish treat for winter parties.
Makes 3 dozen.