Deep-fried Calas

Makes 2 dozen. Recipe is from “From Woodstoves to Microwaves: Cooking with Entergy.”

1½ cups cooked rice, very soft

½ package yeast

½ cup warm water

3 eggs, beaten

1¼ cups sifted flour

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1. Mash hot rice and cool to lukewarm.

2. Soften yeast in warm water and stir into lukewarm rice; mix well. Cover and let rise several hours or overnight.

3. Add eggs, flour, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat only until smooth. Let stand in warm place for 30 minutes.

4. Drop by tablespoons into deep, hot fat (360 F) and fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Serve sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar or sugar mixed with cinnamon.