Fried Elephant Ears


Fried Elephant Ears

Fried Elephant Ears
10 Min

If you've ever been to a state fair, then you've probably seen those extra-large pieces of fried dough. They're called elephant ears 'cause they're so big they kind of look like elephant ears! Our recipe for Fried Elephant Ears is easy to make, but BIG on cinnamon-sugary goodness.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 (48-ounce) package frozen bread dough loaves, thawed
  • Flour for dusting

What to Do

  1. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large deep skillet or soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Meanwhile, cut each loaf of dough into thirds. Dust your hands with flour, then stretch the dough into a 6-inch diameter, being careful not to tear the dough. Place dough in oil and fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn dough over and fry on other side 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. While still hot, sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Repeat with remaining dough. Serve warm.

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Can this be made with Splenda or something like that as I have to cut my sugar intake?

Hi there! Yes, you can absolutely substitute the sugar with Splenda. Enjoy!

The only type of fried bread I remember seeing at the fairs growing up was funnel cakes which were so good! I've heard of elephant ears before but never knew this was what it was referring a kid my mom made something similar to this but it was called bunuelos, which is basically fried tortilla dough. I make a smaller version from time to time and use them as the shells for tostadas. I like that this fried bread is a lot thicker...but I think I'd make them a little smaller and sprinkle them with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

We have never called this anything but "Fried dough"....Elephant ears were something else....Still love it though....

I am a bit disappointed that you did not give a recipe for the bread. You see I have been diagnosed as a person who is allergic to modern life and because of that I CAN'T eat anything that I don't personally make myself. If I do buy something that i just can't make myself I have to read the ingredients to make sure that there is not anything in it that would harm me.

oh oh, elephant ears are made with puff pastry, this recipe is called "fried dough" ....... they have both at a local amusement park..............


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