Monday, December 29, 2008


Even the name is daunting. Who would know just by sight that we actually say it "port-zel-chuh"? Out of love for my sweetheart and love for the little yummies themselves, I devote an afternoon or two each year to making these treats.

A neighbor of ours in Agassiz brought a bowlful over for us a few years ago, calling them "Olle bolle" which I can only imagine means "oil balls" in Dutch. Aptly named, you could wring the grease from them and fill a glass. (though the thought was very appreciated, since I know how long I spend at the fryer to make ours!

This recipe is fantastic. The trick is all in the oil temperature. I received a deep fryer for Christmas this year, so I tried it out at Mom H's with these beauties and set the dial at about 365 or so. When one side is nice and brown, you flip them over with a spoon until done.
I always eat them with a little bowl of sugar to dip as I go. My dh is a purist... down the hatch they go. So that they stay yummy after the first day, I pop the rest into a freezer ziploc and stow them in the freezer. A little microwave zap brings them to a yummy perfection.

Portzelky (New Years Cookies)
4 eggs

2 c. scalded milk 6-7 c. flour (approx)
1/2c. melted butter 2 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 c. warm water 2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt 2 c. raisins (approx)
1/2 c. sugar

Beat eggs in really big bowl while milk is scalding (in microwave) and butter is melting (also in microwave). Add sugar and salt to eggs. Slowly beat in butter, milk and water. Add 3 cups of flour, with baking powder and yeast on top. Beat this together and then continue adding flour until your dough is soft but a touch sticky. Cover bowl and place in warm oven to rise. (Tip: Mom always said to let the oven heat just long enough so you can keep your hand on the rack comfortably)

When dough has doubled, drop spoonfuls into hot oil until done.

Just try not to eat too many! I dare you.

The dough after it has risen

Frying the first side.

After the flip.

The finished product!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jan's Munchies

Oh - these are so good. I've gone through a pail at our house already. Brace yourself.

2 cups Golden Grahams
2 cups Cheerios
2 cups peanuts
2 cups pretzels

Combine in large bowl.

Melt 2 cups of white chocolate dipping wafers in a pot on low-med, stirring constantly. Once it's all melted, pour all over the bowl contents. Stir well, spread on a wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheet. Once cool, break into pieces and store in an ice cream pail in a cool spot. DO NOT EAT ALL IN ONE DAY. Your stomach will despise you. Just eat a little every hour, and you'll be fine.