Powdered Sugar Jack Robs
Yesterday was my father’s birthday. Although I was not able to see him on his actual birthday, we were able to celebrate this past weekend with a turkey dinner. My dad is one of the most hilarious people I have ever met. He introduced me to the brilliance of Chris Farley and SNL at the age of five. We used to go down the hill to the video store (remember those magical places?). He’d let my sister and I choose a movie and then select some comedy, or on a special occasion, SNL: The Best of Chris Farley. If you’ve never seen this tape, dvd, or stream of Chris Farley’s comedy, you are truly missing out.
My dad did a series of impressions to make us laugh as kids from Donald Duck to the Raptors from Jurassic Park. He may look intimidating from his size, but he’s a big softy at heart. My dad can and will talk to anyone he meets (after a few drinks) and has been known to belt Bob Segar’s “Turn the Page” on Karaoke Night.
GG, Dad, Emily (my sister), Me
Although he eats healthy and exercises, my dad does love sweets. It’s easy to shop for his birthday – Swedish Fish, Caramel Creams, Twizzlers, and Lottery Tickets.
So, what’s a Jack Rob? Why are you rambling about how awesome your dad is? Are these questions rattling your brain? Here’s where we get to the good part – the sweets. My paternal grandmother, GG, makes some of the most delectable, mouthwatering desserts. The story goes that when my father was a child, my grandmother was making these flaky, strozzapreti-shaped, powdered sugar pastries, which had no name. My father decided the appropriate name for a pastry such as this was “Jack Robs”.
GG only makes these pastries once a year (to my knowledge) for my father. She fills up an entire cake pan with this dessert and my father has only shared them a handful of times. It’s similar to fried dough and I’m sure it would be delicious in a cinnamon sugar variety.
Happy Birthday, Pops!
The dough should be molded into a ball and then rolled out:
I use an herb mincer to create my Jack Rob slices:
After frying, Jack Robs will look similar to a french fry. You can also twist them and make them look super adorable!
After you’re done frying, coat with powdered sugar and give as gifts or enjoy them with friends: