1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2-1/3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup orange juice
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons chopped, candied orange peel
oil for deep frying


Stir yeast into warm water and set aside. Mix together flour, salt, sugar, and nutmeg. Mix dissolved yeast with orange juice, eggs, and orange peel, and stir into flour to make a dough. Knead on a floured board until smooth, then cover and let rise until doubled. Heat oil in an electric skillet or other fryer to 375 degrees F. Drop dough by tablespoons into hot oil.


Makes about 2 dozen.


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My grandmother used to make

My grandmother used to make these and taught me when I was a child. We'd all sit around the table as she pulled them out of the fryer, dredge them in lots of powdered sugar and eat them hot. It's wonderful to actually see a recipe for them. She also used the mixed fruit peels and citron instead of just orange.