Fried Dough Recipes

What is Fried Dough?

If you come from the North you are familiar with fried bread dough. You see it at every fair, flea market and sometimes street corner in the largests of cities. The dough is fried to a beautiful golden brown and served with different toppings, it's usually your choice which one. Fried dough is served on paper plates and is eaten by hand, that's right, you don't use a fork and knife.

I looked around for different types of fried bread dough recipes so I could give you a choice. I tried to pick what I thought was the best. My mother-in-law makes the best fried dough I have ever eaten. When she makes her home-made bread dough, she saves some of the dough aside. She calls them "Dough Boys" and believe me eating them is sheer heaven. So, I would suggest to all of you out there who makes home-make bread to save the dough and make your own Dough Boys. You'll love them with or with out the sugars and butters. They're good with just plain old butter.


Fried Dough Recipe # 1

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp shortening

1/3 cup warm water

Oil

Directions:

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is grainy. Slowly stir in water to form a dough.

Turn dough onto a floured board and knead for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Cover with towel and let rest for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a deep skillet. Divide dough into 4 equal parts and roll out into a 5 inch circle.

Ease dough into hot oil. Cook for 30 seconds or until golden brown, turn over and cook until other side is golden brown. Drain on paper towels . Cook other dough and serve immediately.

This recipe is delicious when served with Maple Butter and Cinnamon Butter.

I found this recipe in my grandmothers recipe file.


Fried Dough Recipe # 2

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 pkg active dry yeast

2 cups warm water

1/2 tsp salt

oil

Directions:

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix flour and salt in a bowl, add yeast mixture.

Work dough until sticky and loose. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in size.

Oil hands and pinch off about a tbsp. of dough and stretch until is is 3 to 4 inches long.

Carefully drop into hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Roll in cinnamon and sugar, confectioners sugar, plain sug, nutmeg, allspice or just use your imagination.

I was given this recipe by a friend of mine.  She tells me that her family has made it for years.

Fried Dough Recipe # 3

Ingredients:

8 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 pint milk, warm

1 stick butter, softened

4 cups flour

2 yeast cakes

Directions:

Place yeast in 1 cup warm water and 1 tbsp sugar, stir.

Sift together flour, salt, and sugar and make a well mixture.

Add eggs and milk a little at a time. Add butter.

When thoroughly mixed, grease a large bowl and place dough in it. Cover and let rise for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

When dough appears light in texture and shiny cut off a piece of dough and stretch with hands.

Drop into hot oil and fry until golden brown.

Good coated with cinnamon, sugar, powered sugar, maple butter or cinnamon butter.  If yoou are looking for a flavor that is not as sweet try: garlic butter, warmed tomato sauce or bacon butter.

I found this recipe on netcooks.com.

Frying the dough.  I can't wait til it's done.
Frying the dough. I can't wait til it's done. | Source

Children's version of fried dough

Ingredients:

1 can refrigerated biscuit dough

oil

Directions:

Heat oil in large fry pan. 

Open biscuit container and seperate biscuits.  Stretch each piece of dough to about the size of your hand. 

If you like them fat and puffy just drop them in the oil the way they come out of the can. 

Drop dough pieces carefully into oil. 

Drain on paper towels and roll in cinnamon, sugar or powered sugar.

As they were growing up my children made and ate many of these.

 

Butter Recipes for Fried Dough

 Maple Butter

Ingredients:

6 tbsp sweet butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

Cream butter and syrup together.  Chill.  Remove from fridge 1/2 hour before serving.

Cinnamon Butter

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in brown sugar and cinnamon.

Bacon Butter

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

3/4 tsp spicy brown mustard

4 slices crumbled bacon

Directions:

Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Blend in mustard and bacon.

Garlic Butter

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Blend in garlic powder.

 

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Karen N 6 years ago from United States

Love the recipes.

My mom used to make fried dough when I was little and it was always so good!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

My girls loved it when they were little. They still love it and so does my husband. Thanks Karen N for dropping in and thanks for your comment.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Wow! With all the bread and biscuit baking I do, I've never fried the dough. But I'm going to now! Thanks for these neat recipe versions.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

It's soooo good. I could eat my weight in fried dough. But then, I wouldn't be able to fit through the door. Thanks for stopping in and thank you for your comment Sally


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Fried dough - yes indeed - it'll work every single time. Love it and with a cup of tea or coffee and as much fried dough as possible. Fortunately, I live near many pizza shops where fried dough is a given and it's sprinkled with some powdered sugar.

Thanks for so many recipes. Life is good with fried dough. Yay!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Your right BkCreative, a pice or two of fried doug and a cup of coffe or tea is sheer heaven. Lucky you to have such easy access to it. It's nice to hear from you agin. Thnaks for the comment.


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

These recipes sound good! We have always called them elephant ears. I am looking forward to trying them!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

I racked my brain trying to remember the other names I have heard for fried dough. Thanks for telling me about elephant ears. Thanks for stopping in specialk3749 and thanks for your comment.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America

Enjoyed reading your recipes. My mother-in-law use to make fried dough.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks, moonlake. My mother-in-law still makes them and I have to tell you, she does a heck of a job. We all love them. Thanks for dropping by.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I understand that we are now colleaques of sorts and I had to pay you a visit. So I chose the simplest looking recipe to look at :-))


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

De Greek, thanks for visiting. I think somehow you chose one of my favorites, I love fried dough.


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

I love fried bread. I copied the first recipe to try tonight. Thanks.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Wife, you'll love it. Fried dough is one of my favorite things to eat.


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Entwife 5 years ago from Hills of Pennsylvania

Tasty! Love that you included buttery toppings too :o) I noticed a couple of minor typos. 1st paragraph "servied" instead of "served", and 2nd paragraph in the first line, "diffeent". Great article! :o) wishing you laughter


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Entwife, I hope you try the fried dough recipes, they really are good. Thanks for the typos catch.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

I think I'd go for yeast dough recipe #1. I like the kind made with batter - it's runny like pancake batter and you drizzle it around in a pan of oil. It's called Funnel Cake and is yummy!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Delores, I try to get funnel cake everytime I go to a fairgrounds. I love them.


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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

There is something so universally attractive about fried dough...my 18 y/o son who is way into fitness watches his carb intake like a hawk. But every once in awhile will cave and ask for fried bicuits rolled in sugar and cinnamon!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dearabbysmom, I know what you mean. I simply can't resist the fried dough at fairs. I cannot seem to pass by a concession stand without buying some.


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caramellatte 5 years ago

i love fried dough.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

So do I caramellatte. If you try the recipes let me know how you like them.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This brings back so many memories of when my Mom made these treats for us. Sometimes we would come home from school and the house smelled so good that we would just stop and breathe in the scent of hot, sweet breads. Now that this Hub made me gain 5 pounds I am off to read the Fat Burning Foods one. lol


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Hyphenbird, there's nothing like fried dough. Unfortunately it does tend to add an ounce or two to the hips. But, if you only eat it on special occasions and sparingly you have nothing to worry about.


anash 4 years ago

Thanks for the recipes..I couldn't find one without butter until I read this! Thanks a bunch


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

anash, thanks for visiting. I'm sure you'll love the recipe.


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AHale48 4 years ago from Somewhere in California!

My whole family has been eating fried dough for years and years. When I moved south, no one had ever even heard of it. They eat funnel cakes instead - not the same. We also made fried doughnuts with the biscuits. Mom would let us shake them in sugar in a brown paper bag for an afternoon treat. So good!!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

AHale48, When my girls were little I made them with canned buiscuit. They would cut them in half and do the old bag shake. My mother-in-law has also been making them for years (she's from upstate New York). They have always called them dough boys. Whatever you call them they are great.

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