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Sicilian Mosquito Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dee" 
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 4:32 PM
Subject: sicilian cookie

My brother in law would love to taste again a cookie his grandmother
and aunt used to make for him.  I do not know the Italian name, but in
English it translates to 'mosquito' he says.  It is a hard cookie, flat
on the bottom with a bubbled up hollow top.   He also thinks the
cookies were prepared, then left overnight (presumably to allow time
for the raising bubble) then baked the next day.  Any help would be
greatly appreciated as we have looked all over the internet and through
many Italian and/or Sicilian cookbooks with no luck.  Thank you.  Dee

Hello Dee,

According to Google, the Italian word for "mosquito" is "zanzara". There is a cocktail called "zanzara", but I cannot find any cookies at all called "zanzara cookies" or "zanzaras." I found no "mosquito cookies" "or mosquitos" cookies except for a novelty "mosquito cookies" recipe that actually has mosquitoes in it. It's not Italian.

There is no way for me to search by the description that you give. Sorry. Try the Italian Food guide at He lives in Italy.


Sam's Coney Island Knishes

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Rae 
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 1:53 PM
Subject: Sam's Knishes


Can you find the recipe for Sam's Knishes?  He was in Coney Island, I believe on the 
boardwalk of W. 32 St or one of the thirty something streets.  He made the best knishes 
and in all flavors........potato, cherry cheese, kasha, etc.  Yummmmmmmmmm

Thank you:)

Hi Rae,

Sorry, no luck with a knish recipe like Sam's.


From: bobbi 
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2013 6:48 PM
Subject: re sams knishes

re finder lost recipes
 sams knishes from west 33 coney island they relocated to brighton @ 4 th street then disappeared 
if that helps locating them and their recepies for knishes i think they were from israel 1960 
thanks bobbi 

Hi Bobbi,

Sorry, Iím still having no success finding a recipe or copycat for Samís knishes. An earlier request has been on my site since 2011.


See also: Knishes

Eagle Foods Fritters

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Carol 
Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2011 3:00 PM
Subject: Apple or Cherry Fritters

I have been searching a long time for a recipe for apple and/or cherry fritters 
similar to those which used to be made at the Eagle's food store in Montgomery, IL, 
which is now out of business.  The only fritter recipes I have been able to find 
have consisted of dropping a tablespoon or so of mixed batter into a deep-fryer. 
Those from Eagle's consisted of several (maybe 10 to 12 or so) balls of dough with 
the fruit mixed in--I think both in the dough balls and between--deep fried, with 
a glaze on them.  Could you please help me find the recipe? 
I would really appreciate it.  Thanks!


Hello Carol,

Sorry, I had no success with this.


Donut Shop Cinnamon Rolls

----- Original Message ----- 
From: shelley perkins 
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:10 AM
Subject: donut shop style cinnamon rolls

My father-in law loves the cinnamon rolls from our local donut shop. 
They are glazed and kind of donut-like, not the bakery style cinnamon 
rolls with cream cheese frosting. They are flatter, and less cake like 
than the bakery kind and it seems to me that they are much like glazed 
donut dough spread with cinnamon and rolled into buns. I can find many 
recipes for the bakery style cinnamon rolls, but none for the donut shop 
style cinnamon rolls. Can you please help me? (I found the picture below 
but the quality is not very good.)

Thank You,
Shelley from Texas

Hi Shelley,

Gosh, I have no way to search for a recipe by how something looks, or even by using a photo. I looked for "donut shop cinnamon rolls recipe", but had no success.

What is the name of your local donut shop, and in what city is it? Also, have you seen these same cinnamon rolls in any of the chain donut shops such as "Dunkin' Donuts" or "Krispy Kreme"? Have you ever seen this type of cinnamon roll in any donut shop or bakery other than your local donut shop? If so, where? (Name & location)

I do have the below recipe, but no idea if it's like what you want.


Cinnamon Roll Recipe from Mike's Donut Shop

The original recipe I used in the shop 30 some years ago, but made the necessary 
changes so this would work with bread machines.  You will notice some items that 
are listed more than once.  This is because of the order used in machine, recipe etc. 
I had to do it this way so it would come out right and I would not goof up.

1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup butter melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 (3.4 ounce) pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
4 teaspoon ground cinnamon***** 
1 cup warm milk
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 large egg
1/2 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese softened
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/4 cup butter softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioner's sugar
4 cups bread flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (.25 oz.) pkg active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon milk

1) In the pan of your bread machine in order, combine water, vanilla pudding, 
warm milk, egg, sugar, salt, breadflour  and yeast.  Set machine to DOUGH cycle: 
Press Start.  When Dough cycle has finished, take dough out and place on lightly 
floured surface: roll into a 10X17 inch rectangle. Spread with 1/4 cup of softened 
butter.  In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.  Spread 
this mixture evenly over the rectangle. (Note: if you like raisins this is the place 
to add 1/2 cup ) But not me so I left it out!! )
2) Roll up dough, beginning with the long side.  Slice this into 1 inch pieces 
(Should make 15 Rolls) place in a 9 X 13 GREASED  Let Rise in a warm place 
(about 45 minutes) or until double in size.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
3) Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes take out when Golden Brown. 
While baking rolls- stir together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioner's sugar, 
vanilla, and milk.  Spread over rolls once they start to cool.

NOTE*****  one of the main secrets of good cinnamon rolls is to buy the best cinnamon 
you can find.  My cinnamon used to come from India. But I can't remember the name.



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