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Mandelbread, Grandma's (P, TNT)
Source: My grandmother
Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut or other oil
3 eggs
3 to 3-1/2 cups flour, sifted with 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash salt
Juice of 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon juice)
1/2 cup chopped almonds, or other nuts
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients, mixing in a bowl by hand. If using a mixer, add all but the chopped nuts and raisins, and when ingredients are fully mixed, fold in the nuts and raisins by hand.

Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.

Cut dough into long rectangles, moisten hands in cool water and flatten to about 1" to 1-1/2" thick. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Cool, then cut into slices 1/2" to 3/4" thick. Turn slices on their sides and brown in the 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes; watch closely to prevent over-browning. Turn on other side and brown for about 10 minutes.

Poster's Notes:
This is my grandmother's most wonderful recipe for mandelbrote. Grandma received this recipe from her grandmother, and it's stayed in the family since. I have such memories of being at her home for holidays and having several of these fabulous mandelbrote for dessert.

Grandma had her recipe published in the Nortown News in Chicago in 1961! She said that what made all the difference was the use of brown sugar in the recipe; that, she said, gave these mandelbrote such great flavor and color. And the brown sugar, she said, makes the mandelbrote keep well.

Posted by Ellen Lee

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A