Elephant Ears

Recipe by Caryn
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins




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