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Portzilke - New Year's Cookies
Porzelchen (High-German)

Taken from "Off the Mountain Lake Range"

These raisin fritters were made especially for New Year's Day. The name means "Tumbling Over" since they turn over by themselves when they are dropped into the deep fat.



  1. Scald the milk. Cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Mix. Let rise until double in bulk.
  3. Drop into deep fat (about 375') by spoonfuls and fry until brown and baked through. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Put into paper sack with sugar in it, and shake until coated.

A Low German Nursery Ryme

Eck sach den Shornsteen Roacke.
Eck visst voll vaut ye moacke.
Ye backte Niejoash koake.
Yave ye me eane - Dann bliev eck stoane.
Yave ye me twea - Dann fang eck aun to goane.
Yave ye me drea, fea, feef toaglick
Donn vensch eck you daut gaunse Himmelrick.

(In English)
I saw your chimney smoking.
I knew what you were making.
You were baking New Year's Cookies.
Give me one - I stand still.
Give me two - I start walking.
Give me three, four, five at once,
Then I wish you the Kingdom of Heaven.