Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

This recipe comes from 'Culinaria The United States - A Culinary Discovery' at the request of a Zaar member.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat milk with butter until butter melts.
  2. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
  3. Stir yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar into warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine milk and yeast mixtures with 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, and nutmeg.
  5. Stir until smooth.
  6. Cover and let stand until bubbly, 30 minutes.
  7. Stir in beaten eggs, then add additional flour to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  8. Turn dough onto a floured board and knead until smooth, supple, and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  9. Return dough to bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm spot until dough is doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  10. Punch down and divide into 4 pieces.
  11. Divide each piece into 4 or 5 pieces.
  12. Put several inches of oil in a large, deep pan such as a chicken fryer or heavy dutch oven.
  13. Heat to about 360 degrees F.
  14. Work each ball of dough with the hands, shaping into a large disk, about 10 inches long and 6 inches wide.
  15. Fry one at a time, turning once, until nicely browned.
  16. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar or cinnamon sugar while hot.
  17. Serve at once.
Most Helpful

I'm so excited!! I don't have to wait for or endure the local carnival for an elephant ear - Great recipe - makes a lot of dough -- I froze half of it hoping it will be fine - I did not add the nutmeg (not a fan of nutmeg) and I brushed the fried ear with melted butter before I sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I definitely will make this over and over - Thanks!!

Fighting Irish #7 February 17, 2008

Yummy!! I followed the recipe below and used my bread machine... SO EASY! I wasn't sure how many this would make so I made the full batch. My recommendation is to roll them out thin. It was just my husband and I so we had lots of dough left over. I used the directions to make rolls and OMG, FABULOUS!! I think next time I'll swap oregano for the nutmeg and just make dinner rolls out of this recipe.

jeskasten89 August 29, 2011

I made this today, but used my bread machine for the dough (I admire those of you with yeast dough talent. Never could get it right). First putting in the liquids 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/3 cup butter, 3 eggs. Then 1 tsp salt, 2 TBLS sugar, and dash of nutmeg. Finally 5 cups of bread machine flour and the package of yeast (or 2 1/2 tsp). I fried a few ears in the dutch oven pot and made the rest of the dough into rolls (350 degrees for 15 minutes). Love this recipe!

Random Cook August 10, 2011