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
1 packaged of your favorite pizza dough (I use Portland Pie Co.)
Oil for deep frying
(or whatever else your little hear desires!)
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.