Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TWD - Mrs. Vogel's Scherben

I can't lie. I looked at the name of this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe and thought "Mrs. Whose What?" I had never even heard of scherben. But they involved deep frying. All of a sudden, I was anxious.


If you stop by here from time to time, you know that I don't always follow instructions to the letter, and that usually leads to drama. Ever hopeful, I persevere believing that one day I will learn my lesson. Deep frying involves large pots of bubbling oil over a flame which, if not properly monitored, can boil over, ignite and mess up your precious kitchen burn down your house. Caitlin of Engineer Baker successfully baked her scherben, and at one point I tweeted that I might do a side by side comparison of baked and fried.


I don't think I was the only one who looked at this recipe and had a visceral reaction of I'LL BURN DOWN THE HOUSE!!! but I didn't and these were simple to make. I literally made my 1/4 recipe in a large soup bowl. The frying was uneventful, so much so that I turned off the oven and fried all of them.


I don't own a little duster thingy, so I sprinkled on the cinnamon sugar with my fingers. I used regular sugar, and that gave it a nice crunch. M. pronounced them a success, but I may have neglected to tell him they were fried. Maybe even on purpose.

This week's recipe was picked by Teanna of Spork or Foon? Teanna is flat out one of the funniest bloggers out there, whether she's entertaining you with her preparation of Top Chef dishes, thousands of cookies or custom made ice cream. Trust Teanna to select a recipe that many of us might not have noticed until the very end. Thanks, Teanna!

22 comments:

Clivia said...

Yes, amazing that we all survived the frying. Love your bowl full of scherben!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks good. I'll go check out the other site so I can see theirs too. A little fried food is not too bad is it????

Kayte said...

They look nice and crunchy...I love crunchy things! It was fun making the dough with you, then I got sidetracked a bit, dough into freezer, and I finished them last night so the guys could eat them nice and warm. Big hit with the guys. I liked them, too. Do you have a little strainer? That is what I use to sprinkle powdered sugar, just put it in a little strainer and tap it and it sprinkles the sugar, just a thought for you since you mentioned it and all. I think yours look perfect the way they are! What are we making together next?

Teanna DiMicco said...

Thank you so much for your kind words!!! And thank you so much for frying along with me this week! I'm so glad you didn't burn down the house! These weren't as scary as we all thought, luckily!

Sabrina said...

Great job!! I wasn't able to make mine, but I hope to someday! Teanna is so funny!!!

vibi said...

Thank you Leslie for being there for me while I was gone... you are so sweet to visit!

A happy New Year to you and your family... and a couple of those amazing little fried divinities for me, okay? LOL LOL

natalia said...

They are great looking !!

Jessica said...

I love your picture of the little ball of dough next to the lime. What a great size reference for your little quarter batch. Thanks for all of your twitter help while I was making these, too! Your scherben look lovely.

Pamela said...

Might have neglected to tell him they were fried,huh? :o) Nice job.

spike. said...

glad the frying was successful (for me, the baking was not, oh well)!

Mimi said...

Your cookies look perfect. Glad you didn't burn the house down.
Mimi

Kim said...

They look great. Glad you managed without burning down the house.

Karen said...

Glad the frying was so uneventful you turned your oven off. :) They were a success for us as well.

Katrina said...

I love that--Mrs. Whose What?
These didn't taste fabulous, but for some reason they were easy to just keep popping in to "try them"!

pinkstripes said...

yay! no house fires! They look great!

Cakelaw said...

Glad you had an event free frying session - me too. I didn't like the cookies themselves, but the frying part was a doddle- perhaps giving me false confidence.

Susan said...

Glad you decided to go for it! Yours look delicious! I had to pass on this one...out of town this weekend. But, I will try them soon!

Gabe's Girl said...

I don't think my original comment posted, just in case, Great Job! Especially overcoming the frying fears.

Tracey said...

Congrats on a successful frying experience! It looks like your scherben turned out perfectly! I thought these were easy to make and way too easy to pop into my mouth one after another...

margot said...

Your scherben look so nice and crispy, great job! There was no way I would have been able to hide the fact that mine were deep-fried - I did almost burn down the house.

TeaLady said...

Frying stuff is not so bad. Just a little at at time.

They look great.

shortbreadsouth said...

Yes, I find sometimes leaving some information out is the best idea!
These were fun and different and pretty addictive.