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Since the food is one of my favorite parts of the fair and I'll not be getting any, I'm making some of that fair food at home!
This post is dedicated to: Fried Dough!
Ah, is there anything better? It's just dough. Fried. Served hot, slathered in melted butter, and waiting to be smothered in confectioner's sugar or honey or maple syrup.
I didn't have a recipe for Fried Dough... I hoped it would be as straight-forward as it sounded. I made a sweet dough in my bread machine, fried it up one piece at a time, and it came out great! I don't have a deep fat fryer, I just did these in batches on the stove.
How easy it would be to sell these out of my front window for $6.50 a pop! (And my house would smell like fried paradise.)
2/3 c. milk
1/2 c. butter, softened and cut into chunks
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. granulated sugar
3-3/4 c. all-purpose flour, unbleached
2 tsp. yeast
4 c. vegetable oil
Add the ingredients from eggs through yeast to the pan of your bread machine (add wet and dry ingredients in the order recommended by the bread machine manufacturer.) Set the machine to the "dough" setting and let run.
Once the dough is finished, remove it from the bread machine pan to a floured work surface. Punch down the dough, adding a light sprinkling of flour if it's sticky. Divide the dough into eight equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough thin, to about 1/4" thickness. Leave the rolled out dough pieces on the work surface and cover with a barely damp cloth.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan until it begins to shimmer. Place a cooling rack into a rimmed baking sheet and place a few paper towels or a paper bag on the rack. Bring one of the rolled out pieces of dough to the pan and carefully set it in the hot oil. Allow it to cook or about thirty seconds. Use tongs or a metal spatula to carefully turn the dough over. Cook on the other side for another thirty seconds. Be careful not to let the dough get over-browned or burned. If it's cooking too fast, lower the heat under the pan. (The oil in my pan was about 350°.) When done, remove the fried dough to the paper-lined cooling rack. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes and then brush the top with melted butter. Add toppings of your choice: I recommend a dusting of confectioner's sugar and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar. Other great toppings are chocolate syrup, maple syrup, honey, or cooked fruit.
Fair tidbit: My favorite part of the classic children's book Charlotte's Web is when the family takes Wilbur to the fair. Wilbur gets to have a buttermilk bath and win an award, Fern gets to ride the Ferris wheel with Henry, and Templeton the rat gets to gorge himself on discarded fair food!