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Scaliddre 2
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Scaliddi
Submitted by Fanny Nudo

12 eggs with 8 whites removed
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tsp Crisco, melted
1 tsp baking powder
1 shot glass whiskey or brandy
an unknown quantity of flour!
oil
honey
a knitting needle or wooden spoon

Warm the Crisco a bit.  Beat the eggs thoroughly.  Add the eggs and the sugar to the warm crisco and sugar.
Mix all of this by hand.  Add flour, and with the base of your hand stretch it out a lot and then form it into a ball. 

Keep stretching and reforming the ball until it's the right consistency. (You'll know...)
The Calabrese term is "stenne". (My grandmother would say to me, "Shtriga! Shtriga!", which means "stretch it out hard!") Cover for ten minutes.

"Stenne" it again, until the dough forms bubbles (Calabrese: "fa a nguddu")

Put oil in a pot and heat it until it boils over.  Heat the honey in another pan.

Cut pieces of the ball and roll each into a two foot-long "rope" of dough.

Cut each rope in 4 pieces, cover them for 10 minutes.

Now here's the tricky part. Actually, if you're a coward you can just take the rope pieces and fry them in the oil. Then dip them in the honey. If you remember seeing Nanni twirl them on a knitting
needle (or whatever) give it a try. Me, I'm a coward...

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