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New Orleans Calas

Vendors used to sell Calas on the streets in the French Quarter of New Orleans, crying "Belles Calas! Calas tout chaud!"


  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg
  • Fat (for deep-fat frying)
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Cook rice in boiling water until very tender and mushy. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Dissolve yeast in 2 tablespoons warm water. Mix with cold rice and let stand in a warm spot overnight or at least 4 hours.
  3. Beat in eggs, flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg, adding more flour, if necessary, to make a thick batter.
  4. Heat fat to 370 degrees F on deep-fat thermometer or until a 1-inch cube of bread browns in 60 seconds. Drop batter from tablespoons into hot fat and fry until golden brown.
  5. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
  6. Serve hot.

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