County fair fried dough recipe


This homemade fried dough recipe makes the most sinfully delicious homemade fried dough fritters! Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these dough treats in simple sugar syrup are simply irresistible.

I don’t just love eating these homemade fried dough treat, I love making them too. They are so easy to lớn make. The recipe requires only 3 ingredients – flour, butter & sugar. No baking powder, no yeast, no baking soda and no fancy stuff, just 3 basic ingredients.

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Fried dough recipe - A simple homemade recipe for irresistible fried dough bites

The dough is made using flour and butter và formed into a soft dough with water. It is then rolled, cut into small bite-sized squares and triangles (you can even cut these into round shapes with a cookie cutter), deep fried, và finally coated with thick sugar syrup to make the simplest, most loved homemade fried dough treats.

Easy recipe right?

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This quick và easy homemade fried dough recipe makes sweet, deep fried dough with just 3 basic ingredients. All you need is:

All purpose flourCold butterSugarWater

Mixing the dough

Fried dough recipe - mixing the dough

To make the dough, start by sifting your flour into a medium-sized or large mixing bowl and add butter khổng lồ it.Use your fingertips to lớn rub the butter into the flour. You can also use a pastry blender lớn cut the butter into the flour. At the kết thúc of this process, your flour should look lượt thích breadcrumbs.Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour half of the water in, and use a metal spoon to bring the dough together.Add more water as you start mixing the remaining flour. At this stage, it is best to knead the dough with hands.If the dough appears too dry, showroom a bit more water. Similarly, if the dough appears too sticky, stop adding water.Knead the dough for a minute or two. At this stage, it will not be very smooth, and that is fine.Let the dough rest for 5 minutes (cover the bowl with kitchen towel or wrap the dough in plastic wrap) và give it a few rounds of kneading (just a few seconds). You will notice that it is a lot smoother at this stage.

Rolling, cutting & frying

Fried dough recipe - deep frying

Pinch a handful kích thước of dough và roll it out thin on your work surface with a rolling pin. The dough can be a little stretchy as you roll it, so keep rolling by lifting and turning the rolled dough until it is really thin.there is no need lớn work on lightly floured surface as the dough will not be sticky.Cut the dough vertically, and then horizontally into small equal pieces.Heat up oil in a large frying pan or a deep fryer. Deep fry on medium heat until each piece of dough turns golden brown. Remove from the hot oil and strain on apaper towel-lined plate or a large bowl. Kitchen towel. Repeat until the dough is all fried.

Making the simple sugar syrup

Fried dough recipe - coating the fried dough in simple syrup

To make the simple sugar syrup, địa chỉ sugar và water in a large pan. Turn on the heat và stir until the sugar is dissolved.Let the sugar simmer until it thickens to a softball stage. You can continue khổng lồ stir with a metal spoon every now & then. To demo the softball stage, drop a few drops of the sugar in a shallow bowl of water. If the sugar holds its shape & dissolves as you move it with your fingers, it is done.Turn the heat khổng lồ a very low flame and địa chỉ cửa hàng all the fried dough pieces into the syrup. Mix them with a large spoon gently by pushing the spoon to the bottom of the pan and lifting and tossing the dough pieces as you lift the spoon up. The fried dough pieces are all puffy and crispy on the edges, mixing them hard will break these. Once all the fried dough pieces are well coated with sugar, turn off the heat & transfer them khổng lồ a serving plate.Homemade fried dough recipe - Quick & Easy Favorite Treat

Enjoy these treat with your favorite beverage.


Here are my notes for this sweet homemade fried dough recipe. Reading these will help you understand the recipe and help in making any adjustments or variations if you wish so.

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I used salted butter in the recipe above. If you are using unsalted butter, địa chỉ cửa hàng ⅛ teaspoon fine salt into the flour. You can also replace the butter with margarine, the results will be the same.For best results, butter should be cold but not too hard. Too hard a butter will make it hard lớn mix it into the flour.

How much water to add to the dough

When adding water khổng lồ the flour, vị it in stages. This is khổng lồ avoid the dough from becoming too sticky. The water mentioned in the recipe above has been tested lớn be just sufficient to khung a soft và pliable dough but it is always a good practice to showroom water in small increments when mixing dough.Also, water should be cold. Avoid using warm water as it can melt the butter và make your dough greasy.

How to roll the dough

This dough can be a bit stretchy when rolling. The best way khổng lồ roll it is to do it in small portions. Lift and turn the dough over as you roll it until you reach the desired thickness. Because of the butter in the dough, it should not stick as you roll it. If you find it too soft khổng lồ roll, knead in a bit more flour.These dough bites are at their best when the dough is rolled thin. Too thick a dough will require longer frying time which can cause your dough pieces lớn brown too much on the outside but undercooked on the inside.

Frying the dough

When making these deep fried dough, it is best to lớn fry all the dough và then mix them in the sugar syrup instead of frying and mixing in syrup in batches.You can use any vegetable oil to fry these treats.Heat up the oil on medium heat & test the oil temperature by adding a tiny pinch of the dough into the oil. The oil is well heated khổng lồ start frying if the dough piece starts bubbling on the sides as soon as it is added into the oil.

Flavoring options for the simple syrup

The sugar syrup can be flavored with orange & lemon zest for light citrus-flavored treats. You can also địa chỉ some cinnamon powder khổng lồ the syrup for cinnamon flavored deep fried dough bites.

Coating the dough fritters with simple syrup

When mixing the fried dough in the syrup, be sure lớn use a large pan. It is a lot easier to lớn mix in a large pan then in a small pan. If you do not have a large pan, phối the bites in batches, which means you would need khổng lồ make the syrup in batches too.Also, when the bites in syrup, it is best to lớn leave the heat on the stove on at a very small flame. That way, they sugar does not hardened. If the sugar starts to lớn harden, your dough bites will start sticking to lớn the pan.

Alternative lớn simple syrup

Instead of sugar syrup in indicated in the recipe, these dough bites can also be enjoyed with a coat of powdered sugar. Once the bites have cooled down slightly, toss them in powdered sugar (icing sugar) và serve.

Storing - before & after fyring

The dough for these treats can be made ahead và refrigerated for a good 4 khổng lồ 5 days without frying. Just bring the dough to room temperature before rolling and frying.This fried dough is best eaten on the day it is fried.

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