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Melba's Swap Shop: Jan. 9
Modified: January 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

1 cup milk

In large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. In small bowl, combine beaten egg and milk. Work gradually into dry ingredients until consistency to roll. Cut into small pieces and roll very thin. Cut into rounds using a saucer as a guide.

To assemble: Place a large tablespoon of meat mixture along edge and halfway in center of the round of dough. Fold the other half over, making edges meet. Crimp with a fork dipped in water. Refrigerate overnight before baking. Bake in preheated 425-degree oven 12 to 15 minutes or until brown. Makes 18 to 20.


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