Recipe: Naked Ladies with Their Legs Crossed (aka Spiced Crullers)

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Chris Kimball, founder and editor of Cook’s Illustrated and host of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen, unearthed over 150 unforgettable heirloom recipes in America’s Best Lost Recipes. In a 2007 nationwide contest, people submitted over 2,800 recipes for consideration. The result is 300 classic American recipes inspired by convenience, great names or family recipes.

On the Cook’s Country website, the editors add this note explaining why this recipe works. If the recipe title of Naked Ladies with Their Legs Crossed doesn’t catch your eye, the sugary tinge of these fried crullers will. Using mashed potatoes in the dough gave the Naked Ladies with Their Legs Crossed recipe a crisp crust and soft, chewy interior that makes this fried dough a winner. 

Listen to Christopher Kimball talk about how the contest was conducted and what other recipes were included below: