Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears

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"Crispy cinnamon-sugar fried bread confections!"

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 265 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 265 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 35g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 167 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar and shortening. Heat until shortening melts and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm, 110 degrees F (43 degrees C). Sprinkle in yeast and let sit until foamy.
  2. Transfer mixture to large bowl, and stir in flour to make a dough. Knead until smooth, cover and let rise 30 minutes.
  3. In a large heavy skillet or deep fryer, heat 1 inch of oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Roll out 1 to 2 inch balls of dough into thin sheets. Fry sheets 1 to 2 minutes on a side, until puffed and golden. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Combine cinnamon and 6 tablespoons sugar. Sprinkle over warm pastries. Serve.
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Footnotes

  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
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Ashley_S
6/10/2008

These are so good!! Anyone who says these aren't like the fair has either went to a really weird fair or they messed up the recipe. I have made these several times and they always turn out perfect. And people PLEASE stop rating recipes you've never tried.

momtomany
3/25/2005

This was not quite like what you get at the fair. All morning I played around with the recipe after semi-success on the first batch. For the best batch I did the following differently. I added about 3 Tbsp. of water to the dough to keep it from being tough. The oil was extremely too hot and so I lowered it to about 275 and cooked it for a little less than a minute per side(this was with the dough rolled to about 1/8 in thick). After frying it I brushed it with melted butter which enhanced the bread's flavor and helped the sugar to stick. I also doubled the amount of sugar used for the toping.

JDURLAND
6/5/2004

This is it!!!! I grew up in Indiana and at the state fair we ALWAYS had an elephant ear. Only difference may have that they lightly brushed them with melted butter before dousing them with cinnamon sugar. But surprisingly they taste fine without it and the sugar adheres well. Plus it's much better for us without the added butter. These fry up nicely with bubbles in the dough and everything. I'd decrease the amount of oil used for frying (I did mine in the iron skillet) since it gets a little splattery. Also, my frying time was about 10-15 seconds per side. So delicious!