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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Soft Heavenly Pillows of Fried Dough

Why wait for a festival or carnival to visit town to be able to enjoy fried dough. Fried dough-just two words, what more needs to be said……..

What could be better than those soft pillows of freshly deep fried dough, shaken in a paper bag of cinnamon and sugar. It is very relaxing to pull a piece of dough off and stretch it into a shape before dropping it into the fryer. It is as therapeutic as playing with Play-doh as a child. Once you drop it into the fryer, you get to watch it sizzle and puff into a wonderful mouth watering treat. Just looking at them, makes ones mouth begin to water. The dough is best served fresh from the fryer, warm enough so the sugar can began to melt just a little and release the cinnamon flavor. You just can’t seem to stop yourself as your hand reaches toward them and picks up the one that catches your eye as the prize of the bunch. Then you take a bite and tear it open, revealing a moist, airy center. Mmmm, they are sweet bites of heaven that dissolve in your mouth leaving you wanting to take another bite. Before you know it is gone and you’re reaching for another. You can’t stop at just one they are just so addicting.

Easy Fried Dough (Pizza Fritte)
About 1 lb. Prepared Pizza Dough
3 cups oil
Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon)
Powdered Sugar
Or anything else your imagination can think up some people like to dip theirs in raspberry sauce or chocolate. My favorite and our family tradition is Cinnamon Sugar.
Heat Oil in skillet to about 325f to 350f.
Break off pieces of dough about the size of the palm of your hand and flatten with your hands till about 3/4 an inch thick. Fry dough in oil till light brown on one side, turn over and brown other side
Drain on paper towel or brown paper bag. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar or spread on some butter/ Serve Warm
We usually have fried dough for a Sunday breakfast or an after dinner dessert. I usually get two dough’s from the pizza place and keep them in the fridge overnight. Generally I don't sleep past 7 am, so I take the dough out of the fridge when I get up and let it raise on the counter. By the time the kids are up and company has arrived (about 8-10 of us in total) the dough is all set to start being stretched and fried.
Tip: Give your small child a piece a dough to play with, it will keep them busy and entertained.

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