Tuesdays With Dorie

TWD – Mrs. Vogel’s Scherben

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I haven't baked along with the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie since…November, I think.  I bowed out for the month of December because I knew I wouldn't have time to do everything, and so participation in TWD would have to wait.

I didn't even think about it last week, but yesterday it occurred to me that hey, it's almost Tuesday again, and I wondered what people were baking this week.  I clicked on the TWD site and saw the P & Q for Mrs. Vogel's Scherben.

Mrs Who's What?

I had no clue what "Scherben" might be.  So I decided to read the comments.  Hmmm…"deep fryer"…"fried food"…"version of funnel cakes"…???

I still didn't know what Scherben was, but I was in.

You see, I actually love to deep fry foods.  I know – all that oil, all that splatter, all that potential for the house to burn down.  I know all the negatives.  But I figure as long as I maintain a healthy respect for those negatives, why not fry?  It's fun!  It's exciting!  It makes things crispy!  It cooks things really quickly!  And the results are usually yummy!

Time to fry.

I pulled my copy of Dorie Greenspan's Baking  From My Home to Yours off its shelf, apologized for the month or so of neglect, and found the recipe.  I had everything called for!  Yay!  I could make it today!  Well, yesterday.  So I started combining ingredients.

First the butter and sugar and salt…and the egg…

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Then the combined flour and baking powder…yes, it looks shaggy, just like it's supposed to…

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But it comes together with a little hot water added in…

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I shaped it into a ball and wrapped it in plastic, then put it in the fridge for an hour or so.

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Time to roll out the dough and slice it up.  I use this little crimped-edge wheel for pasta, too.

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I cut the dough in half…

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And rolled out one half very thin.  Dorie's recipe suggested about 8 x 12.  Mine was longer and narrower.  But with this sort of treat, precision isn't critical.  And besides, Dorie said it was okay if they weren't perfect.  So there.

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I placed the cut pieces on a plastic-lined sheet pan, two layers of them, and put everything in the fridge. 

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I'd thought I would cook some of them after dinner, but plans changed.

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So I fried them this morning.  Early, before anyone had to leave for work or school. 

I heated the oil to 350 degrees F and put the first few in.

Lots of bubbly excitement! 

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And look at them.  So golden.  So crispy.  So desperate for sugar and cinnamon.  And more sugar.

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Light and crispy and sweet and addictive.

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 Very addictive.

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 Very, very addictive.
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And so I must thank Teanna of Spork or Foon? for picking this week's recipe and – without even realizing she was doing it – yanking me back into the TWD fold.  You can read the recipe on Teanna's blog or find it in the well-thumbed pages of BFMHTY.

Speaking of the fold, if you want to check out how the rest of the gang did with the whole frying thing, check out everyone on the TWD blogroll.

And do not fear the frying!

14 thoughts on “TWD – Mrs. Vogel’s Scherben

  1. I am SO GLAD this got you back into the TWD fold! We’ve missed you! And I am so glad that you loved them! I love your presentation, I love it all! Welcome back and thanks for frying along with me this week!

  2. So glad you’re back! I LOVE the display (in the bag), looks great! I baked half of mine (then threw them away) and fried the rest (way better). Wish I had one of those nifty pasta wheels! Yours look gorgeous 🙂

  3. Hello! I’m new to TWD (this was my second recipe), and I just wanted to say how fantastic these look. I need one of those wavy wheels, i think!

  4. First of all: I love your blog and especially your photos.I’m always waiting for a new recipe and your food always looks so delicious!Simply wonderful!

    ‘Mrs. Vogel’ is like ‘Mrs.Bird’ and ‘Scherben’ means usually broken pieces of glass or porcelain.

    Greetings from Germany

  5. Ive noticed that many different countries have versions of this cookie/pastry/dessert, all, of course, called different things. I love that there are all these food similarities between cultures!

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