Families from Marano Marchesato, Cosenza, Calabria

Turdiddri
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Turdiddri
submitted by Bob Tenuta

1 cup oil 
8 to 9 cups flour
1 cup Muscatel wine 
2 eggs
cup water Oil for deep-fat frying
cup shortening 
Honey
 

Boil oil, wine, shortening and water together. Set aside. Add eggs to flour, then work in cooled liquid mixture with spoon. Add more flour if necessary. Knead a little until a formed ball. Shape by rolling piece of dough into a inch in diameter and 1 inch pieces. Fry 10-15 minutes.

I make them a little smaller so they are not as greasy.  These have 2 eggs in them, which is a slight variation from the original - less oily and greasy.

"Turdiddi and Scalidde are a main dessert staple in our home over the holidays. My grandmother showed me how to make them and now I am showing my children. Anyone I met from the southern part of Italy, around Cosenza, seemed to be familiar with these 'honey" cookies."
Bob Tenuta

 

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