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Grannie White's Christmas Yeast Cakes
This is my family's Christmas day breakfast.
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add enough flour plus 1 teaspoon sugar to make a medium batter. Let rise 30 minutes or until double in bulk and bubbly. Sift 3 cups of flour, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and salt into large mixing bowl. Make hole in middle of same and add 3 Tablespoons good shortening and yeast mixture all at once, blending well. Knead until dough is firm and pops up when poked; sprinkle dough with flour and turn over in bowl. Cover and let rise overnight.
Heat about 3 inches of shortening in iron skillet. Pinch off about 1/3-cup size of dough and work until it's a flat round and drop into hot fat. Fry and turn only once until golden brown. Serve with syrup and good bacon and sausage.
Variations: Make small balls and deep fry. Use small pastry tube to inject jam into middle or sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
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