County Fair Fried Dough

County Fair Fried Dough

Cook Time

1 1/2 minutes


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1 3-inch round cookie cutter or drinking glass,
2 tablespoons warm water,
1 package dry yeast,
1/2 cup sugar,
1 egg, room temperature,
2 tablespoons melted butter,
1 cup warm milk,
3 1/2 cups flour,
1/2 teaspoon salt, Cinnamon, Confectioners’ sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, pour warm water over yeast. Add sugar and stir together; let stand for 10 minutes. Add egg, butter, milk, flour and salt and stir to combine until dough becomes elastic. Brush top of dough with additional melted butter and cover. Drape tea towel over top of bowl and let rise for 2 hours.
  2. Punch down dough and place on a cutting board or countertop generously dusted with flour. Roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter or a drinking glass to cut out the dough.
  3. Place pieces of dough on a buttered sheet pan or buttered parchment paper and let rise 1 hour.
  4. Preheat fryer to 350°F.
  5. Fry dough for 1 1/2 minutes.
  6. Place dough on a plate lined with paper towels, and sprinkle with cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar before serving.


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Whether French Beignets, Spanish Churros, Bulgarian Funnel Cakes, Italian Zeppoles, Hushpuppies, Elephant Ears or Doughnuts, simply change the shape of the dough in this recipe and use different toppings to suit your mood.


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