Roll Kuchen (From the Mennonite Treasury of Recipes)
Oh, the memories of this recipe! This is a favourite Mennonite Tradition for a summer meal. This is my mom's favourite recipe for Roll Kuchen. I remember fondly the time my parent's spent making this and how they doubled and tripled the recipe for family gatherings. To non-Mennonites the idea of having these with watermelon strikes them as very strange--Watermelon and doughnuts??!!?? But for me and my family it is a food that we enjoy and look forward to having! Cook time is per batch of 4-6 roll kuchen.
- Ready In:
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Beat eggs well.
- Put into a 1 cup measuring cup and fill with milk. (This may end up being more or less than the 3/4 cup listed in the ingredients.)
- Add to remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
- Roll out very thin and cut into strips.
- Cut again so that pieces are approximately 1 inch long by 3 inches wide.
- Cut a slit in the middle and pull one end through to knot it.
- Fry four to six at a time, in deep hot fat until golden brown.
- Serve with Watermelon!
- A Mennonite summer tradition!
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This is so much like the Fattigman (Poor Man's Cookies) I grew up on. My mother made these every Christmas and stored them in a Charley Chip's Can. I would do my best to eat them all before my 4 other sisters got to them. Fattigman's used sugar and Cardamom and sprinkled with Powdered Sugar after they are fried. They looked just like your Roll Kuchen. I am going to try your recipe to see how close they taste to my recipe.
I am 71 years old, and as far back as I can remember, we have used this recipe with watermelon. We didn't eat watermelon without it! It was always salted, never used with sugar or jam. I guess this was our family tradition. This is a wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing!! I tried this again since I wrote this review the first time. Made a new discovery! We had a few left over which does not happen very often. I froze them. Today we Bar B Que'd and I decided to try some of the frozen ones. I thawed them to room temperature and then brushed them with Bar B Que sauce! Wow! I put them on the grill away from the fire and they took on the smoke taste along with the sauce. Talk about bread with Bar B Que!! This is fantastic!!! Again, thanks for posting this!