Amazing Elephant Ears (Fried Dough)

Heather Jurczyk from  shares her recipes with Shinddigz

Heather Jurczyk from shares her recipes with Shindigz

I’ll admit I am kind of jealous on the amount of theme parties that exist in todays world.

When growing up my mom did one heck of a job creating kids theme parties out of our loved toys and stuff with what she had. This mostly consisted of using our toys as cake props. My Star Wars figures always had blue feet from the “space”colored frosting. She should have gone into business way back when.

Now if it exists as a tv show or comic book or cartoon or video game or toy  or anything at all, you can get some AMAZING props to go along with it.

Take the Safari theme for instance. Cute props, great tableware, and you can use all those silly plastic animals your child has in his or her toybox.

Then the only thing you need to do is make some amazing food.

Like elephant ears!

This is one of my favs. I however know them as fried dough, and even Navajo fry bread (if you want to make tacos out of them.) They are delicious and easy to make and nothing says safari party like elephants!

Elephant Ears (Makes 10-12)

Elephant Ears (Fried Dough)

Can you believe these are Elephant Ears!!??

  • 2 cups AP flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, warm
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the warm milk, yeast and sugar in the bowl of your mixer and let stand until the yeast begins to bubble, about 5-10 minutes.

Mix in about half the flour, the baking powder and the butter, and knead with the dough hook until combined. Add the rest of the flour slowly knead until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Remove dough from hook and form into a small ball. Place dough in greased bowl and spin to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot for about 3 hours.

Gently push down the dough and tear off pieces about the size of a golf ball. Punch out with your hands or roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick and 5″-6″ wide.

Heat 1″ of oil in a heavy bottomed pan to 375ºF.

Get your toppings ready. Chocolate sauce or powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar and melted butter.

Gently place the dough into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 1 minute per side.

Remove to paper towel lined plate or rack and blot dry.

If using the cinnamon sugar brush with butter and dip into the cinnamon sugar mix. If using chocolate or powdered sugar allow to cool slightly then dust or drizzle with your topping.


* If you want to make a savory version of these to use as mini pizza crusts or taco shells just omit the sugar.

Recipe by Heather Jurczyk, the sassy half of the duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer.

From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. They know what’s important. Love. Food. Beer. Visit He Cooks She Cooks for more recipes.

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One thought on “Amazing Elephant Ears (Fried Dough)

  1. Strain the mixture or press it through a sieve to remove the seeds.
    It’s a fun, intimate way to enjoy an evening
    with close friends and new acquaintances. As I mentioned before, I’m not a huge
    fan of brats (or hotdogs) that have cheese inside them.

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