Friday, August 17

Fried Dough Made Easy




It's that time of year when the local county and state fairs start opening their gates. There is something so comforting as the smell of fried foods, live stock, and the smell of gasoline all melded together.

Weird huh? You all much know what I mean though right?

My favorite fair as a kid was the Sandwich Fair in Sandwich, NH. To this day I swear up and down that it's the best. It's such a fun thing going back year after year knowing that nothing has changed and today my kids get to see the same sights I did as a girl.

County fairs are a paradise for my kids, when else can they get to see farm animals (which they LOVE) monster trucks, tractors, rides, games and they can eat their share of candied apples, cotton candy and fried dough?

Today the things I look forward to most when I attend a fair are steak bombs, apple crisp, fried pickles, hand cut fries, sausage, giant turkey legs, caramel apples, kettle corn, and last but not least... Fried dough.

Normally you get the options of powdered sugar, cinnamon, butter, and sometimes if you are lucky. Maple syrup to top your dough off with. If when you are done eating your dough and you are not sticky and the front of your shirt is not covered with powdered sugar, you have done something wrong.

I judge good fried dough on how messy I am at the end. This is why I NEVER ever buy my fried dough till I am on my way out of the fair grounds!

When I posted a photo of fried dough on facebook yesterday you all told me what you liked to top yours with, general consensus is powdered sugar and lots of it!

I also was told that allot of you call them funnel cakes, which I knew but then a friend in UT mentioned they call them scones?! Scones?!! Funny.

Here in New Hampshire it's just called plain old fried dough. When I am at home and have a hankering for it... this is how I recreate my favorite fair treat.  You'll be amazed at how easy it can be to make!



Fried Dough Made Easy

Ingredients:

1 packaged of your favorite pizza dough (I use Portland Pie Co.)
Oil for deep frying

Optional toppings:

Powdered sugar
Cinnamon
Maple Syrup
Granulated Sugar
Butter
(or whatever else your little hear desires!)

Directions:

In a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven heat oil to 375.

Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces and roll or stretch out thin, just like you would if you were making small pizzas.

One at a time fry for 2 minutes on one side, flip and continue to fry for an additional 60 seconds or until dough is golden.

Place fried dough on paper towels to drain some of the oil, and continue frying additional dough. 

Enjoy hot with your favorite toppings. I like maple, powdered sugar and cinnamon. 


  
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20 comments:

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    1. I know... fried dough doesn't need allot of explanation. Just YUM.

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  2. Oh my...
    We don't have fairs over here, and I always wanted to go to one, but now I want to even more!!!
    These look and sound amazing!
    Maybe I'll have to try that whole, frying-food-thing....

    Sarah
    (aka OldeSarah)

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    1. Fried food = scrumptious! Especially fried desserts!

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  3. Instead of using pizza dough, you can use a can of refridgerated biscuits. My favorite is the honey biscuits. :)

    <3 from Louisiana!
    Erin

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    1. Great idea Erin, I'll remember that the next time I have some in the fridge!! We just ALWAYS have pizza dough. I use it for a lot of things.

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  4. So incredibly delicious! Great idea and GREAT pictures of it, Carrie!

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  5. Loving your photos almost as much as this delicious recipe. Now let me wipe the drool from my chin as I try to compose myself and eat....a salad ;/

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    1. Thanks Jessica!... It's salad for me after a weekend filled with this dough!

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  6. I loooooove fried dough. This sounds fantastic! Your memories totally brought up my memories of the county fair as a kid!

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    1. Don't you just love fairs?! I can't wait 1 more week till we go to one with the kids.

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  7. There is something so amazing about the smell and taste of fried dough - I love how easy you've made it!

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    1. Oh I know, it's one of my favorite smells I swear!

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  8. I love fair season mainly just for the funnel cakes!!! And straight up powdered sugar is always my favorite way to go!!! I love that this is so easy using the pizza dough! Love it!!

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    1. Thanks Jocelyn! I can not wait to attend our local fair. So much and so many sinfully good treats to buy!

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  9. Just to clarify...our fair has scones (which are soft, sweet biscuits), funnel cakes (the batter is like pancake batter; thinner and it runs through a funnel into the hot fat, in a curly pattern) and fried dough (which they call elephant ears here) but is just bread dough fried and sprinkled with sugar or perhaps cheese. Each is distinct and a quick google image search will help for those who are confused. Hope that helps!

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  10. I'm still completely craving this :) Must make soon.

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