Stick Tights like Grandma Minnie’s

My sister, Lois Reynolds, has preserved one of Minnie Worley’s recipes that must be at least 100 years old.  This is in her own words.                                        D.S

Stick Tights like Grandma Minnie’s as close as I can get them

Some of this I have a recipe for but for the milk mixture it’s kinda by guess

Biscuit Dough:

2C flour

½ t salt

4t baking powder

½ t cream of tartar

3T sugar

½ C margarine or butter

Pinch of cinnamon

Blend the above, working in shortening as you would pie crust.

2/3 C milk

1t vanilla

Stir milk & vanilla into above mixture just enough to moisten everything.  I knead the dough a little so it won’t fall apart as I roll it out on a floured surface.   Roll out about like cookie dough.  You are going to spread sugar and cinnamon on it so you want to have plenty.

This is where I don’t measure.  Spread sugar and cinnamon (just guess on quantity but don’t skimp) on dough, roll up dough (this may fall apart in places as it’s rich), and slice about ½” wide (you will have a pinwheel effect).  Place in ungreased loaf pan (you will need two if you make the whole recipe).  Don’t worry about how they look as they will go everywhere when you pour the milk mixture on them.  As they bake they regroup.

Milk mixture to pour over biscuit pinwheels

Mix at least one cup of sugar with about six level tablespoons of flour, some cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of salt (brings out the flavor).  Mix well so flour doesn’t clump when you add milk.  (I just measure water into the pan I use so this is another guess.)  When everything is mixed together you should have about 6 cups of liquid.  That means you would use 4-5 cups of milk along with the dry ingredients.  You could measure 6 cups of water in the pan you are going to use, see how full it is, dump water, and start mixing the above (after you dry the pan).  You now have the above ingredients all mixed, your cinnamon rings are in the pan, your oven is preheating (375 degrees).  Now, on a medium heat (stirring as it heats) heat the milk mixture to warm.

When the oven is hot, pour the milk mixture over the cinnamon rings (slowly so as not to disturb them too much) and put in oven. Should take about 20-30 minutes to bake. After 10-15 min. check to see if they are going to boil over. If you think they are, just shake the pan and they will simmer down. (I hope)

(My Grandma would heat up more of the sugar, flour, cinnamon and vanilla mixture to pour on her stick tights while they baked as everyone wanted plenty of sauce. Not a whole 6 cups pleasssseeee.) When Stick Tights have gotten cold, put some in a soup bowl, add some milk, and microwave it a short time. As good as new.

The above biscuit dough minus the cinnamon is very good as biscuits. I’m not a good biscuit maker (I even have trouble opening a can of them). Anyway, if you want to make ½ a batch of stick tights, you could use the other half for biscuits. I roll them out and cut them in squares so I don’t have to keep handling them. Or you can add more milk and make drop biscuits; more apt to be flaky and light.  Good luck!

 

 

 

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About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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