Elephant Ears

"This recipe comes from 'Culinaria The United States - A Culinary Discovery' at the request of a Zaar member."
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins
16-20 elephant ears




  • 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.

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  1. jeskasten89
    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.
  2. Fighting Irish #7
    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!!
  3. Random Cook
    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!
  4. Newmsy
    We had an Elephant Ear Extravaganza! When I found out that 2 of my nephews & niece were coming over I mixed up the dough. Then each one of us along with my bf and his son rolled out our own dough & I fried them up. I'm sure I'll be begged to make them again & again.
  5. MLabra
    These were wonderful! The kids just loved them. Will definitely make them again. Their just like the ones at our county fair.


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