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This is a recipe for fried dough, which is a popular snack in Louisiana and all over the United States. It's not hard to make this dish at home and it tastes amazing!

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What is fried dough?

Fried dough is a fluffy, tasty treat that can be made in minutes. Traditionally it's fried to golden perfection and sprinkled with sugar or drizzled with honey. It also makes an appearance at festivals all over the world!

Classic fried dough recipe


  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled slightly.
  • Yeast (dry)
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Confectioners' sugar for topping


Preparing the dough

  1. Mix together flour, salt, and yeast in a large bowl.
  2. Add sugar, melted butter, and milk to the dry ingredients mixture.
  3. Mix all ingredients well into a soft but firm dough.
  4. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down risen dough on your working surface which has been dusted with some flour.
  6. Roll out half of the portion at a time using rolling pin into flat circle shape as per thickness preference (about ¼" thick).

Cooking the dough

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Place dough disk into hot oil and allow to fry until golden brown on one side.
  3. Flip to other side and allow to fry until golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and place onto layered paper towels to cool at room temperature.
  5. Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on top.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips for making fried dough

  • Use cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar instead of confectioners' sugar if you prefer.
  • You can substitute warm water or soy milk instead of warm milk if necessary.
  • Try to keep oil around 350 degrees F for optimal results.
  • Bake on baking sheet as an alternative to frying.
  • These are similar to elephant ears or a funnel cake you might find at a festival.
  • They are also similar to beignets you might find in New Orleans.
  • Use bread flour for a soft dough.
  • It's possible to use a frying pan, an electric frying pan, or a deep fryer.
  • Dip in maple syrup for added sweetness.
  • Can use vegetable oil as a frying oil for deep frying if you prefer.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place into refrigerator for storage.

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September 05, 2021 — Konnichi wa