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How to Make Elephant Ears Like They Have at the Fair

Updated on February 6, 2017

Deep Fried Elephant Ears Recipe

Do you remember waiting for the fair or carnival to come to town so you could eat elephant ears? I sure do, and I remember how that deep fried dough tasted when it was served. It was so delicious.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter-flavored Crisco
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 6 cups all purpose flour


  1. In a saucepan, bring your milk to a boil stirring often to make sure it does not burn. It should have bubbles around the edges. Cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add the sugar, shortening, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast into the warm water. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the warm milk mixture to the bowl and and mix well.
  5. Beat in 2 cups of the flour until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  6. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl and allow it to rise until it doubles in size.
  7. Pinch off egg-sized pieces of the dough and flatten each piece with your hand into elephant ear shapes.
  8. Deep fry in oil that is 375 ° F until golden brown. As soon as they come out of the deep oil, drain well and sprinkle generously with the below mixture: 1 cup confectioners powdered sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup cinnamon.

I think you will find these elephant ears will be about the best thing you ever tasted. They really are so delicious. So what are you waiting on? Why not make your own delicious elephant ears now?

If you make this recipe for fried dough, please post a comment below.
If you make this recipe for fried dough, please post a comment below.

Have you ever had elephant ears? Do you have any questions, suggestions, or advice?

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      Danah Ahpay-moose 6 years ago