On my Puyallup Fair post, reader Alicia left this comment:
I love elephant ears!!! They don’t make them where I live. Does anyone have a recipe? The last time I had them I was 11 at a fair while visiting my grandparents in Oregon, never have seen them since.
Well Alicia, there was a great looking recipe at AllRecipes so I decided to make it and blog about it. And yes, they are yummy.
First, you melt shortening in milk with salt and sugar over the stove with a little salt and sugar. Now I didn’t have shortening but opted to use Nutiva Coconut Oil instead. I can assure you that the recipe turned out just fine!
From here you will add yeast and flour and form a dough. You let it rise for 30 minutes. I’m not the best when it comes to yeast, so I may have screwed this part up. (But I know you’ll do a better job!)
Here’s my completed dough ball.
Make 1-2″ dough balls and flatten them out into thin sheets.
Heat a deep saucepan or deep fryer so there is 1″ of oil. I used vegetable oil. You want to make sure it’s really hot – that’s what will turn these puppies into golden wonders. Then you cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
I dabbed off excess oil and then dusted the ears with a cinnamon and sugar mixture while they were still warm.
These things were delicious!
As a slight variation, I enjoyed one topped with frozen berries. I just microwave them for about a minute or so and they get all steamy and saucy…I’m sure you can think of some other topping ideas, too.
Alicia, I hope this recipe takes you back in time a little bit…to when you were an 11 year old girl visiting the fair with your grandparents.
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