Depression Era Cruellers

Depression Era Cruellers Recipe

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Penny Hall


The Great Depression was a time of hardship, but it was also a time of creativity. Faced with limited funds and government-imposed food rationing, the Depression-era cook learned to work magic in the kitchen – making cakes without flour and pie crusts from crackers.
Here's a Depression-era recipe for cruellers, submitted by Carol McKellar:


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15 Min
5 Min


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    3 cups flour
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    1 cup sugar
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    1 cup hot mashed potatoes
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    1/2 cup milk
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    3 egg yolks
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    1 tbsp butter
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    1 tbsp baking powder
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    1 tsp vanilla
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    1 tsp salt

How to Make Depression Era Cruellers


  1. 1. Add sugar, egg yolks and butter to hot potatoes; beat until light and smooth. Then, add the rest of the ingredients. It should be as soft as can be handled.
    2. Cut into strips, and twist for crullers.
    3. Fry in deep fat. Drain on brown paper.
    Carol says: This recipe is in my Grandmother's recipe book, and was made by her sister-in-law, Livone Hardin. Grandma lived through the Depression, and died at 92 in 1976.

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About Depression Era Cruellers

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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