elephant ears recipe
In Michigan, we only see elephant ears when the local fair or carnival comes to town. And they cost $6+ If you want an elephant ear at a different time, you have to make them. Our family has made our own fried bread and elephant ears whenever we want.
I just know if I want an crispy sugary elephant ear, I can make them myself much cheaper. And I can use whole wheat flour to make these ‘healthy’.
Make your own with the recipe below, when ever you want!
recipe for elephant ears
2 cups milk
2 sticks butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 packets of yeast (2 packets if they are expired)
4 cups flour
1 cups wheat flour
Cinnamon Sugar (to sprinkle on)
1/4 cup white sugar
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
*vegetable oil for frying the Elephant Ears
*Plate with paper towels available too
elephant ears instructions
In a pan, add the milk, butter and sugar. Stir until the butter is melted.
Let cool down to 115 degrees. (move to a large bowl)
Once temp is less than 115 degrees, add the yeast and stir and let set for 5 minutes.
You want the yeast to expand and get bubbly.
Add in the flour 2-4 cups in at a time and stir.
Once mixed thoroughly into dough, cover and let sit for 1 1/2 hours. Then punch down and let sit for another 1 1/2 hours.
Have a plate with paper towels on it to use once the ears have cooked.
Take the oil and in a pan pour it so it’s about 1 inch deep (You’ll want a wide pan if you want to make more than one at a time. Test a small piece of dough to see if it hot enough. It will begin to bubble and turn brown when the oil is hot enough.
Take about 1/2 cup amount of dough and make it flat and pull thin.
Begin in the middle pulling it thin and work you way towards the edge until it is thin.
Place carefully into the oil and allow it to get golden brown on the side.
Flip over and allow to brown on the other side.
Remove from oil and place onto the plate and towels. Sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar mix.
Tip and tap off any access sugar before eating.