Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Fried Dough

Fried Dough

There are few things in life as tasty as FRIED DOUGH. It’s basically the quick fix for a doughnut. And as quick it is to make, it will be equally as quickly gone.

My love for fried dough runs deep, like all the way to the 1st grade deep. That’s when I met my 100% Italian best friend, Maria. Her parent’s, Mr & Mrs B, without fail always had something magical cooking up every time I’d be at their house….which was at least a couple times a week….and which probably fueled part of my frequency at their house. And, the fact that Maria and I always laugh till we can’t breath.

Maria and Tina, driving a fun car in Italy. Laughing, per usual. Probs driving to find fried dough.

Whenever they make pizza (uggggh the PIZZA is sooo good), whatever dough is left over, they fry and sprinkle with sugar and we have it for dessert. Best idea ever, no? A fluffy, yet slightly crispy, fried pillow of dough topped with sugar, after eating pizza. Amen, amen.

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, and because everyone needs fried dough in their life, I had the absolute pleasure of reliving my fried dough dreams when chatting about the process of making it with Mrs B. It reminded me that, actually, there are few things in life that can transport you in time the way food can. As she was describing it to me, I felt like I was back in 1st grade, watching her make fried dough and anxiously awaiting for her to hand me a piece.

I have Mr & Mrs B to thank for fueling some of love for food and cooking, but more importantly for being such incredible role models for me too. Sitting down and eating together, with friends and family, is one of the sweetest parts of life – it’s no wonder why fried dough always tastes so good.

Bosas! (kisses in Arabic),

Tina

Fried Dough

Fluffy fried dough topped with sugar – resembles a doughnut, but of the Italian sort. Such a delicious and sweet treat!
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: dough, doughnut, fried dough, sugar
Servings: 12 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs store bought pizza dough*
  • canola oil
  • sugar

Instructions

  • Take dough out of fridge and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place a towel over the plastic wrap. Place the bowl with the dough in a non-drafty location (a turned off oven usually works great) for about 2 hours to allow dough to rise again. It will likely increase in size by a third.
  • Once dough has risen, remove from bowl and rip or cut off pieces that are a little smaller than the palm of your hand. Using your hands, gently flatten and stretch them until they are in a disk shape, set aside
  • Place oil in a pan until covering the bottom about ½ an inch. The amount of oil used will vary depending on the size of your pan
  • Heat pan to medium-high heat. Once heated, add dough, cooking on each side for about 3-5 minutes, more or less depending on how hot your oil is. They should puff up a little once they hit the oil and should be flipped when achieving a golden tan color on the side in the oil.
  • Line a 2 plates with paper towel
  • Once the dough is fried on both sides, remove from oil and place on prepared plates
  • Immediately sprinkle sugar* to coat the tops of the fried dough, more or less to taste
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy while still warm 🙂

Notes

Three Teas Tips:
* You can make your own pizza dough too if you are so inclined! This recipe uses store bought pizza dough – which is a quick and tasty option. You can buy pizza dough at most supermarkets, your favorite pizza shop, or TJs (YOLO).
**You can also add cinnamon or swap the sugar for powdered sugar. A Nutella topping would also be delish here too. 



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