How to Make Carnival Elephant Ears


Carnival elephant ears are delicious fried dough treats found at amusement parks and festivals. They can be covered with powdered sugar or cinnamon, and are adored by kids all over the globe. Making elephant ears at home is not an overly burdensome task, as the recipe is simple and all the ingredients are available at a local supermarket. Elephant ears make a great after-school snack for kids as well as a dessert you can enjoy yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 3/8 cup shortening
  • 2 tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 qt. frying oil
  • 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp. white sugar
  • Mixing bowl
  • Skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Put the milk, salt, 2 tbsp. of sugar, and shortening in the saucepan and heat them over a stove until the shortening melts and the sugar dissolves. Once this happens, set the stove to 110 degrees and add in the yeast.

  • Put the mixture in the mixing bowl and stir in the flour with the mixing spoon. Knead the mixture into a dough, cover it, and let it rise on its own.

  • Put the oil in the skillet and heat it to 375 degrees. Start rolling out 1 to 2 inch balls of the dough you made earlier into thin sheets. Fry each sheet in the oil for 1 to 2 minutes, then let them sit on paper towels.

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the elephant ears, then serve them once they cool down.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be extremely careful around boiling oil, as it can cause nasty burns.

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