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Elephant Ears
July 30, 2011

Great recipe! My Swiss father-in-law taught us a similar recipe his family used in Switzerland. Here, before Christmas, we would assemble grand kids in the kitchen. Set up the ironing board covered with several layers of paper towels, line three or four laundry baskets with paper towels, secure several long-handled wooden spoons, start a large pot of oil heating - Then mix this recipe. The children would gather around the kitchen table, each receiving a ball of dough about the size of a small fist, and pull, with their hands, the "Eiroili" until thin. there was a competition to get the dough as thin as possible without pulling a hole. They would playfully argue which one would look most like an elephant's ear when it came out of the pot. Opa would then push and hold each "cookie" into the pot of oil with a wooden spoon, leaving it until bubbled and crispy. (Not long!) He would then put each cookie to drain on paper towels on the ironing board, the children sprinkling it with the mixture of sugar and cinnamon. It then went, carefully stacked, into the lined laundry baskets awaiting delivery to friends. What fun! Mmmm, good. Of course, we have repeated this ritual with a new generation. CLeeman

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