18.8.07

Great-Aunt Mary Dippold’s Keuchels

Keuchels (KEE-kulls) are wonderful things! They are puffy, round pieces of fried dough which are thick and chewy around the edges and thin and crunchy in the middle. Great Aunt Mary Dippold (right in 1919)was Gram Werner’s older sister and the most beautiful woman she had round pink cheeks and snowy hair and she always reminded my of Mrs. Santa Claus. She lived across the street from the German Church in St.Marys and made the best keuchels. A proper keuchel should be about the size of a luncheon plate and be a lovely, golden brown color. The old Germans in St. Marys say they get their quaint shape because they are shaped by pulling them over your knee.

Mix well:
1 qt. milk
1 c. sugar
1 stick margarine or butter

Dissolve a yeast cake in ½ c. warm water.
Knead together 8 c. flour and 6 eggs. Add the yeast and the milk mixture. Knead well. Cover and let raise.

Pinch off pieces by the handful and shape into round, flat shapes that are thicker toward the edge and flat toward the middle. Drop into a fryer of hot oil and fry until golden and floating. Drain well and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Gram liked to serve them warm with jam in the center.

Labels:

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy,

A fellow at work showed me where he got his keuchel recipe on the internet and I said, "That is a picture of my mother". Initially, no one believed me until they read the text. Great cook book site. The pictures brought back some memories.
Jack Dippold

March 10, 2009 3:55 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Valentine said...

Hi Jack!

What a nice surprise! Hope you are doing well.

This site has gotten very popular all of a sudden. I've had it up for quite awhile but in the last couple weeks I've gotten several emails from St. Marys folks saying that they found it.

Take care of yourself and thanks for writing.

March 10, 2009 4:16 PM  

Post a Comment

Kathleen Valentine's Award-Winning Mariensadt Stories are available in paperback or for Kindle.
If you enjoy her Pennsylvania Dutch recipes, check out her cookbook and stories!

FRY BACON. ADD ONIONS: The Valentine Family Cookbook

Over 400 recipes from 5 generations of a Pennsylvania Dutch family, with added memories of growing up in the Allegheny Highlands.

THE WHISKEY BOTTLE IN THE WALL: SECRETS OF MARIENSTADT

A novel in 11 stories. Come to Marienstadt where nuns drive snowplows, pig farmers dance, ladies fight over dumpling recipes, and people fall in love.

THE RELUCTANT BELSNICKEL OF OPELT'S WOOD

A novella based in PA Dutch folklore about a lonely man whose friend talks him into playing Belsnickel and then helps him to heal.

THE CHRISTMAS DAUGHTER

Return to Marienstadt with the Wilde family. Tough-guy Boone has been a bad-boy all his life, until he has to be a father to a sad little girl.

 

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home