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Dessert Pirukas

Recipe courtesy of Linda Hall Ladies Club

Dessert Pirukas

Dough :

  • 3 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Cups of Butter
  • 1/2 Cups of Sugar
  • 3 tsp. of Baking Power
  • 1/2 tsp. of Salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 tsp. of Vanilla

Filling :

  • 2 Cups of Rhubarb
  • 2 Cups of Strawberries or Raspberries
  • 2 Cups of Apples
  • 1/2 Cup of Golden Raisins
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Sugar (sweeten to taste)
  • 1 tsp. of Cornstarch

Method :

Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking power in a bowl and work in butter as for pie crust. Add beaten eggs, milk and vanilla. Mix well and knead until smooth. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured board. Cover bottom of a 9 x 12 inch pan with dough and bring to 1 inch height on pan sides. Roll top dough to just fit pan to cover filling.

Cook filling ingredients for 10 minutes. Pour hot filling into bottom of dough-covered pan and top with crust. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream topping. Delicious!!!

This is Annie Raho's recipe, an original member of the Linda Hall Ladies Club. The Linda Hall district ladies formed a group in the early 1900's soon after men of the community formed the Agricultural Club (Põllumeeste Selts). The club was originally called Linda Eesti Naiste Rahvaste Ühisus and meetings were held in Estonian. In 1952, the ladies formed the Linda Hall Ladies Club and business was conducted in English. The group catered functions at Linda Hall such as Jaanipäev, Christmas concerts and dances. Annie and Oscar Raho (now both deceased) farmed near Linda Hall and were active members of the community. Their two sons, Tom and Vern, have traditionally supplied and prepared logs for the midsummer bonfire and will do so again for Jaanipäev 2009.

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