Fried Dough Recipe

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Flattened, disc-shaped fried dough is a classic dessert found in outdoor food stands at country fairs and carnivals. This fried dough recipe produces a fluffy, chewy and crip-edged fried bread with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.
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Globe New American
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1 1/2 cup(s)
all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tblsp
brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp
instant yeast
1/2 tsp
1/2 cup(s)
filtered water, lukewarm
1 tblsp
vegetable oil
large egg
1/4 cup(s)
butter, melted
powdered sugar, for topping
oil, for frying

Directions 11 steps | 170 Minutes

Step 1

Measure and prep all ingredients.

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Step 2

Prepare the dough. In the bowl of a standing mixer or a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, instant yeast and salt. 

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Step 3

In a measuring cup, whisk together the filtered water, vegetable oil and egg.

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Step 4

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir until a sticky dough forms. 

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Step 5

Switch to the dough hook or knead by hand for about 5 minutes. 

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Step 6

Shape the dough into a smooth round ball. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm room and let the dough rise until nearly doubled in size, about 1-1½ hours. 

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Step 7

Shape the dough. Remove the dough from the bowl and deflate it by gently pushing it down. On a lightly floured surface, divide the risen dough into five pieces. 

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Step 8

Use a rolling pin to roll out each piece of dough to a ½-inch thick disc. If the dough springs back, wait 5 minutes before attempting to roll out the dough again. 

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Step 9

Fry the dough. Line a sheet pan with a cooling rack. Fill a heavy-bottomed pot or a Dutch oven with about 2-inches of oil. Heat the oil to 350°F. Prepare the melted butter along with a pastry brush. Once the oil is hot, add the dough, one or two at a time, and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2-2½ minutes. 

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Step 10

Remove the fried dough to the prepared wire rack and fry the remaining dough. Brush the fried dough with melted butter.

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Step 11

Top with a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar. Fried dough is best served the day they are made. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Per Serving
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13.5 g
6 g
33.2 g


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Sam N.


31 Aug 2022

Oh, I LOVE these. This fried dough recipe is similar to the Piroshki or Ponchki recipe. I love the view as well!

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