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Mama Jean’s Pierogis March 29, 2013

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A Yellen Christmas Eve tradition.



3 cups flour

½ cup water

2 eggs

1 Tbl Crisco



Cut eggs into flour, add water. Knead until firm but not sticky. Roll out on floured surface and cut out circles with biscuit cutter dipped in flour. Place one tablespoon of filling in the center of each circle. Bring edges together and seal edges by pinching with fingers. Drop six to seven pierogis gently into a large pot of boiling water. When they rise to the top boil gently for eight to 10 minutes. Remove to a buttered pan after rinsing in cold water. Serve pierogis with sour cream, crumbled bacon, and sautéed onion.


For the filling, mix together:

1 pound cheddar cheese

3 to 4 hot cooked, mashed potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.


Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

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Jenn made this for Adam, and he said, “Make that again!”  He was kind enough to make it for us while he was home for Christmas 2004. The top should form a sweet crust, and the frozen berries help make it deliciously moist. Dried cranberries can be substituted if frozen cranberries are too elusive.



2¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 Tbl pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

2 large eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

1¾ cups pumpkin puree (Libby’s)

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup fresh frozen cranberries



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 x 5 loaf pans. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin and vegetable oil in small mixing bowl and beat just until blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack. Note: It usually takes us 70 minutes to bake.