MAKES ABOUT 5 DOZEN
Expressions of devotion on the Feast of Saint Lucy are not always in the form of prayer; the making of these cookies, formed in the shape of eyes, is a tradition in honor of this revered saint, the protector of eyesight. These fried cookies are best eaten warm as soon as they are made.
4 2/3 to 5 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling
In a bowl, mix together 4 cups of the flour, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Stir the mixture into the flour mixture, adding enough additional flour to make a soft ball of dough.
On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky. Divide the dough in half. Roll out each piece into a rectangle about 15 by 12 inches. Sprinkle each rectangle evenly with half of the remaining sugar and roll up tightly like a jelly roll. Cut the rolls into ½-inch-thick slices.
In a deep-fryer or deep heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil to 375ºF. Fry the cookies, a few at a time, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to brown paper to drain. Sprinkle the cookies with confectioners' sugar and serve.
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