Introduction: Calas: New Orleans Sweet Fried Rice Cakes (Mardi Gras Recipe)

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Mardi Gras is just round the corner and this recipe will definitely get you in the festive mood. Calas are deep fried rice cakes, made with sugar, flour, eggs and rice. It was a popular breakfast food in New Orleans in the early 20th century, and has a mention in most Creole cuisine cookbooks. They are delicious either for breakfast with jam, or at teatime served like scones with jam and cream. If they are made with salt and pepper instead of sugar, calas go well with bacon and eggs. Calas are also perfect served as a dessert or snack put together nicely with coffee.

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2 cups cooked rice (should be cold)
6 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of Ground Cinnamon
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar, for garnish

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