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    Elephant Ears

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    2 hrs 20 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins

    5 mins

    Caryn's Note:

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

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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 17, 2008

      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!!

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    • on August 29, 2011


      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.

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    • on August 10, 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!

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    Nutritional Facts for Elephant Ears

    Serving Size: 1 (1422 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 245.2
    Calories from Fat 44
    Total Fat 4.9 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 45.1 mg
    Sodium 194.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 9.5 g
    Protein 6.4 g

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