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.
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!
This recipe was really good, especially freshly made:)I made it for my kids at the preschool I work for and my husbands hot rod shop. It was hot both places:)
The only heads up I give is the cinnamon sugar topping is way way off…in my opinion anyway so you may want to tweak with that(the cinnamon side of the ratio was too high!).
guess i was disappointed in the end result. in canada we have something similar to elephant ears called beaver tails, more of a fried donut consistency, so i guess i was expecting it to be like that –
loved them! i was craving elephant ears like you wouldnt believe. it was good to find this recipe. at first i rolled out the ears really really thin because it said to do it thin. these were good, but crape like. i tried rolling them out to different thicknesses and found i liked them best at maybe a little less then 1/4 inch. this made them puff up a bit more. liked it both ways.
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