This cool antique/nostalgic Crisco Cookbook (i.e. Crisco Recipes for the Jewish Housewife) is the oldest piece in our family's collection of Jewish Food memorabilia. Published in 1933 by Proctor & Gamble, the makers of Crisco, this cookbook is filled with delicious "old world" recipes including chremslach, schnecken, eierkuchel, helzel, prokes, and more. Written in both Yiddish and English, this book was for the new American woman and the old Yiddishe mama to share. Check out these awesome picture of the cookbook and a recipe for eierkuchel (below)which was the first recipe my father ever prepared at the age of 7 years old.
1 TBS. melted Crisco
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cup flour
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Beat eggs slightly. Add melted Crisco, salt, and flour gradually, making a medium stiff dough. Knead until dough forms a smooth ball and divide into 16 parts. Form each part into a little ball and roll out on a slightly floured board into thin circles(about 5 inches in diameter). Brush each with melted Crisco and sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon-sugar.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake about 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
Recipe makes 16 large kuchel.