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August 01, 2013

ALMOND JOY FRIED DOUGH

Fried dough smothered in chocolate, chopped almonds, and coconut flakes. This is a fried dough lover's treat!
Almond Joy Fried Dough
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Throughout the month of August I will be celebrating one of my all time favorite summertime treats, fried dough. One will be featured in each of this month’s blog post. For me, the fried concoction is an irresistible guilty pleasure. It is the cherry on top of every event. What makes a nearly 3 hour long Little League game more bearable? Fried dough. What is the best find on the boardwalk? Fried dough. What is the highlight of any county fair or amusement park? Fried dough! It is a carb filled, sweet, crispy bundle of satisfaction.

Almond Joy Fried Dough Closeup View

This week’s fried dough is smothered in chocolate sauce, finely chopped almond, and coconut flakes. Not only is it delicious, but it is also p-u-r-t-y. My chocolate of choice is milk chocolate, but semi-sweet or dark are delicious as well.

The dough is an adaptation of a recipe from Taste of Home. I wanted to make the process as easy as possible, so in my version, the mixing and kneading is done almost entirely in a stand mixer. The original recipe involves quite a bit of hand kneading. I reduced the salt amount, and frankly, I didn’t miss it. I also experimented with making the dough ahead of time and found that it cooks up perfectly fine the day after if  it is kept refrigerated.

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Almond Joy Fried Dough Sliced View


ALMOND JOY FRIED DOUGH
DOUGH RECIPE ADAPTED FROM TASTE OF HOME



INGREDIENTS:


1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk 
3 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. shortening
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
oil for frying

Topping
12 oz. milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream, half & half, or milk
6 oz. almonds, ground in food processor 
4 cups shredded coconut


INSTRUCTIONS:

Add water to the stand mixer bowl. Add yeast and let sit for five minutes. Stir.  Add milk, sugar, salt, shortening and 2 cups of flour. On low speed, combine the ingredients until smooth, scraping bowl with a rubber spatula. Turn off mixer. Add two more cups of flour. Starting on low, incorporate the flour. Gradually increase speed to 4 or medium. Stop the mixer to scrape the flour off the side of the bowl. Once the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl on its own, check the consistency. If it feels wet and clumps to hands, add 1/8 cup of flour at a time until dough no longer clumps. Mix on level 4 or medium for 5 minutes. After the kneading process, dough should be smooth and elastic. 

With greased hands, remove dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 times using the palms of your hands. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover with a greased plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Place in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat 3-4 inch of oil in a deep fryer or a frying pan to 375 degrees F. Working with greased hands, punch down dough. Pinch off a small pieces and shape into 5-inch rounds that are no more than 1/4 inch thick. Fry, one at a time, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side.  Place on paper towels to drain.

Place chocolate chips and milk in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave at 20 second intervals and stir until chocolate is thick and syrupy. Add a teaspoon or so of milk if it is too solid. Spoon chocolate glaze on fried dough, sprinkle with almond, top with coconut flakes. Makes about 15 servings.




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