I just put my peppernut dough in the fridge to chill and Mich asked for the recipe so here it is if you'd like to try it. Peppernuts are often a like-em or hate-em kind of food.
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
4 tbsp. ground anise seed or 1/2 tsp. anise oil
1/4 c. light syrup
1/2 c. molasses
1/3 c. water
1/3 tsp. baking soda
6 cups flour
Cream shortening and sugar thoroughly. Add beaten eggs, spices and anise seed. Combine syrup, molasses, water and soda. Add to creamed mixture. Add sifted flour, 2 cups at a time. Mix well. If dough is crumbly add 1/4 cup of water. Chill in fridge 4 hours or overnight. Mold into long rolls 1/2" in diameter. Lay on cookie sheets, cover and chill in freezer until ready to bake. Cut into 1/3" pieces. Place cut side down on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400F for 8 minutes. Store in airtight container.
Blogger ate your comment on my blog yesterday (never seen it do that, before). Can you resend?
Oh yes, and by all means fry this one.
I had never heard of peppernuts until last week! My boyfriend's family makes them. I was pretty proud of myself knowing that there was anise in them. Although that makes me not want to eat them because it reminds me of black licorice. But even so, they are pretty good!
Wow, a post for me? Don't mind telling you that I'm feeling pretty special right about now.
((((((((Hopee)))))))) Thanks so much. They sound good to me. Gonna give them a go as soon as school lets out (unless I can talk my "I-love-to-bake" sister into lending me a hand.... then I'll start them this weekend.)
Is it a Mennonite recipe?
Yes, it's a Mennonite recipe...dearest one is from a Mennonite background. I was totally clueless when we married what that meant. I was an atheist then. You can imagine the reaction on both sides. :)
" I was an atheist then. You can imagine the reaction on both sides."
oowee! That must have been an interesting time, eh?
"Interesting" is a mild way of putting it. A Mennonite marrying an atheist, and then both of them converting to Catholicsm, now that's a stretch... and it means there's always HOPE! (Either that or insanity)
My eldest daughter was a Mide (Ojibway Indian spirituality) and converted to Greek Orthodoxy on her marriage. I think God enjoys these stretches immensely.
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