When I was doing research on '20s dining for my Gatsby book club party I hosted a few weeks ago, I came across this Crisco ad from 1921 for Orange Knots. I have yet to make them, although they sound delicious, but I thought some of you might be interested.
Orange Knots -- a new kind of doughnut
3 tablespoonfuls Crisco
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg 1 yolk, beaten light
grated rind 1 orange
1/4 teaspoonful mace
4 cupfuls sifted flour
1/2 teaspoonful salt
1 1/2 teaspoonfuls of cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoonfuls soda
1/2 cup milk
Cream the Crisco, beat in the sugar, the eggs, orange rind, and mace. Sift together the dry ingredients; add the first mixture and the milk and mix to a firm dough. Cut off bits of the dough and roll with the fingers into strips the shape and length of a lead pencil, tie in a knot or shape like an 8 and fry in hot Crisco; drain on soft paper, and dredge with confectioners' sugar.
For more on '20s dining, see my article in the latest issue of Hey Doll.
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