This week I’m pulling yet another recipe from my first book, Delicious. Readers might remember that as a a special treat for our hero Gabe (who is of Croatian heritage), our heroine Reggie arranged to have an episode of her show Simply Delicious feature the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. The Tadich Grill was started in the gold rush days by three Croatian emigrants. Once a humble coffee stand, it’s now regarded as one of the finest seafood restaurants in the city.
On the show, Reggie learned to make prsurtate, which are basically the Croatian version of a donut – a special treat for her special man.
2 pounds self-rising flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 oranges, rind & juice
1 cup pecans
1 lemon, rind and juice 2 apples, chopped
1 cup raisins
2 jiggers whiskey
oil for frying
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
water (to make a glaze with confectioner’s sugar)
Mix all dry ingredients together, including rinds. Mix eggs, juices, and milk. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture. Fold in fruits and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Drain well and dip in glaze. Let cool before storing in a glass jar. Makes: More than a gallon jar.