Since the food is my favorite part of a fair (and some years I just don’t get any because we decide to save a few bucks and skip the fair) I’ve been making some of my favorite fair food at home.
In addition to sparing our wallets, we also recently took a break from the fair after one very unfortunate incident involving my husband, the Tilt-A-Whirl, and some upchucking. We are convinced we were sacked by bad karma over… let’s just say a less-than-legitimate unlimited ride bracelet.
Our local fair is the Champlain Valley Fair. Even though it’s essentially the same every year I do enjoy the atmosphere and the endless wandering around.
It is brimming with all the delights you’d expect to find: rides, animals, midway games, craft exhibits, cooking shows, giant produce, pig racing, high-wire acts, a Grandstand for the big-name entertainment. Most importantly though is the endless array of delicious fair food.
On this lovely day I tackled Fried Dough!
Ah, is there anything better? It’s just dough. Fried. Served hot, slathered in melted butter, and waiting to be bathed in confectioner’s sugar, honey or real Vermont maple syrup.
I had no recipe for Fried Dough and 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 on the stove top, and it turned out great.
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 bread paradise.)
The recipe for Fried Dough is below. Here are a few other yummy fair foods to try making at home!
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter, softened and cut into chunks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3-3/4 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
- 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
- Cinnamon-sugar mix
- 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 for 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, real Vermont maple syrup, honey, or cooked fruit.