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Licorice Pezzelle



(D. M. Ferrell)

  • 3 1/2 cups eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups melted shortening (shortening and butter combined)
  • 1 cup artificial vanilla (or 8tbs real vanilla)
  • 1 tsp anise oil
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 tsp orange extract
  • 5 tbsp orange zest (or use the dried orange peel)
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest (or use the dried)
  • approximately 7 cups of flour

Melt the shortening and cool it. Whip the eggs until very frothy. Add the sugar and whip until very creamy. Add the flavorings and mix well after each addition. Mix in the shortening. Transfer the mixture to a very large bowl.I have to use a 8 quart bowl. Add about 1/2 of the flour and mix well with a heavy spoon. Continue mixing the flour a cup or two at a time until all is mixed well. The dough should be heavy, not runny and sort of "glumps" off the spoon.

Drop the dough by teaspoonful into the center of the iron, close tightly andcook for approximately 30 to 45 seconds or until the golden color you like.



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