{How to} Make Elephant Ears!

- by jodimichelle

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

This is the recipe that started it all. Being: Walking tacos, Corn dogs, Caramel apples. I had it in my head that I could make Elephant Ears. I did spend a summer working in one of the junk food carts here and there for different festivals, art fairs and carnivals. I saw this first hand.

Plus I kinda like deep frying stuff. Seeing something burn and fry into an edible delight is a weird hobby of mine. Ingredients instantly become edible. I mean!! I love it.

This ended up being a two step (and multiple day) process for me – but you can do it all in one day. I promise.

You’ll Need:

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

# Crisco (Important. Must be shortening.)
# Sugar
# Flour
# Milk
# Yeast
# Salt
# Vegetable oil (for frying, not pictured here.)

Start by melting your shortening in a pan on the stove. (Recipe calls for 6 TBS)

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Add 1 1/2 Cups Milk.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Add 2 TBS sugar.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Stir to combine and help the shortening melt.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

It’ll look like this when it’s melted and ready to set aside, remove from heat and let cool to approx 110 degrees F. (I used a meat thermometer to help me figure out when that was.)

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Get ready to combine your dry ingredients together, if you have one of these goddesses on hand … bring her out. Pet her nicely. Kiss her. Take her photo.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

I like to think this one has a name … so I whisper sweet nothings into Better Betty’s ear.

When your milk/shortening and sugar mixture is cooled down – add 2 packages dry yeast and let sit and get happy and bubbly.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

When bubbles and happiness (it’ll rise) are going on add the mixture to your mixer bowl.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Add 4 Cups flour.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

(And a teaspoon salt, no photo.)

Mix it up!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

You made dough!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Generously flour a work surface and plop the dough onto it.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Knead until you have a nice smooth, elastic ball. A lot of recipes call for kneading for about 8 minutes. Sure – that sounds fun to write in a recipe and some people (ehum, Mother.) will set a timer and actually do that … I have better things to do for 8 whole minutes than spank dough. Unless I’m angry, then I usually knead it for 15. And it’s cheap therapy.

But when the sun is shinning and you have 5 other recipes/dishes to make and photograph … you can cut that waaaaay down and still get wonderful results.

Just being honest.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Place back in bowl and cover with towel (or plastic wrap) and let rise for 45 minutes.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

It’ll look like this:

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

From here you can skip ahead to rolling out balls and frying them or if you’re short on time – cover it and stick in the fridge. For the record I had mine covered in the fridge for 4 days.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

When you’re ready to fry them, get your vegetable oil out and a frying pan. Pour about 1 Cup oil into the pan and heat up. Nice and hot.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Heat up oil

While it’s heating up, grab a ball of dough and on a floured surface (I did it on top of my slipmat) and roll out.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Place the dough carefully into the hot oil and watch it bubble. It’ll (should) happen fairly soon. If it doesn’t – your oil isn’t hot enough yet.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Leave it for a minute or so, turn it over.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Drain on paper towels and quickly sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Transfer to wax or parchment paper to serve.

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

Enjoy!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

{how to} make Elephant Ears! boo-yay!

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For a time saver look what my dear friend and reader did today:

jodimichelle.com reader made some elephant ears!!

Instead of making the dough and waiting for it to rise, etc she just used Jumbo Biscuits – rolled em out and then fried em up. They’re smaller and a bit dough-ier she said but they look amazing (and I, myself, love a little extra dough.) Thanks for sharing, Heidi!

For a tutorial on the short cut from Heidi go here! I contributed the recipe how to over on CurvyGirlGuide.com ;)

(Recipe credit)

7 Responses to {How to} Make Elephant Ears!

Jody says: May 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

OMG! If you lose the cinnamon-sugar and drizzle with honey, THIS is what I grew up calling “Indian Fry Bread”! :) Yay!! The Colorado State Fair always had it around when I was a kid in the 80s. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe, I will have to indulge my husband and kids with it soon!
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Selena says: May 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yummy! I’m gonna have to try both ways. When I was younger, my dad would fry up flour tortillas and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them. Tasted just like an elephant year.

jodimichelle says: May 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Oooh, we’ve done that before – only we bake the tortilla’s with cinnamon sugar on them – they’re like sweet chips. Great with a mango salsa. Yum!

Erinn says: May 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

When did you get a standmixer??? You should’ve told me! Would’ve gotten you a deal, mrs. :)

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