homemade elephant ears
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!
how to make elephant ears
1 cups milk
1 stick butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 packets of yeast (2 packets if they are expired)
2 1/2 cups flour
cinnamon sugar (to sprinkle on)
1/4 cup white sugar
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
other supplies you’ll need
vegetable oil for frying the Elephant Ears
plate with paper towels available too
In a pan, add the milk, butter and sugar. Stir until the butter is melted.
Remove from heat and place into a large bowl.
Let mix cool down to 115 degrees or less.
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 about half at a time.
If the mix it still wet, add a little more flour until it starts to form a ball.
Once mixed, cover and let sit for 1 1/2 hours. Then punch down to remove the air.
Have a plate with paper towels on it to use once the ears have cooked.
Pour oil into a pan so it’s about 1 inch deep (You’ll want a wide pan if you want to make more than one at a time.
Turn on medium heat and allow to heat up.
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. If it sinks, and no bubbles, oil is not hot enough.
Take about 1/2 cup amount of dough and make it flat and pull thin. About the size of pancake.
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.