It’s Time for the County Fair and Time for a fun Summer Family Favorite!
We Love to go to our County Fair and our kids loved to enter things they made at the fair! We would enter canned good, bouquets of flowers from the garden, Hand-work and things they’d been sewing through out the winter months. There was frog races for the kids, a barn of beautiful quilts people made, the animals and….
of course our favorite favorite treat!!
No, they aren’t healthy and they are ridiculously priced especially when you have a family of eight so………….
we make them at home! Yep it only added to fun during the week of Fair – and they are not hard to make at all!
Here’s how I do it:
In large mixing bowl
1 1/2 Tbsp dry Yeast (I use Saf-Instant or Red Star)
1 3/4 c + 1/8c luke warm Water
Dissolve yeast in the water and let set for about 5 min.
4 1/2 tsp sugar (honey or evaporated cane juice works fine too)
3 Tbsp Oil – (I use olive oil)
2 c all-purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
Now knead for about 3 min or so by hand until smooth and elastic dough. Do Not add more flour. Dough should be sticky or you’ve added to much flour. You don’t have to get it perfect here and sometimes when I’m in a hurry I just mix it good and knead it a few times in the bowl, throw a towel over it and call it good. Now let it rest for 30- 40min. This dough has never failed me!
While that’s resting, get out your black iron skillet and heat up just a couple inches of oil. Also get some butter slightly soft and some cinnamon and sugar ready (1 cup sugar to 2T Cinnamon).
Next I divide my dough into about 12 pcs. Next I just shape and flatten each piece of dough into somewhat of a circle, let the kids help you shape and flatten the dough that’s the funnest part. Your kids will LOOOVE helping, as this is fun part.
Then taking one flattened piece of dough at a time, I fry each piece in the hot oil for about 3 min. Flipping it only once.
Then using tongs, I remove the Elephant Ear from the pan and lay it on a cookie sheet covered with paper towels. If you want it more crispy then cook a little longer in the oil -we like ours softer. Now using a BBQ brush, I brush it with butter and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.
Then ENJOY them while they are warm!
Hope you enjoy a fun Fair Treat right at home this summer with your kids
Here’s what else I do with this dough!
Also on this special night, We make a batch of dough without the cinnamon and we use them for dinner!
Simply omit the cinnamon when making the dough, and do all else the same.
We top them with taco meat, cut up lettuce, fresh cut tomatoes from the garden, and sprinkle on cheddar cheese and you have a delicious warm open faced Taco. (Well that’s what I call them).
So whether you go to a County Fair or not I hope you’ll enjoy making Elephant Ears this summer as we do !!