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August 10, 2013

BIRTHDAY PARTY FRIED DOUGH—PART THREE OF FRIED DOUGH MONTH

Fried dough covered with a sugar glaze and candied sprinkles, great for birthday parties or any special occasion.

a plate full of Birthday Party Fried Dough
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I hope you have been encouraged to make your own fried dough after viewing my recent posts. At the least, I hope it got you to think about making some. I’m not a pro, but it’s been fun for me. I love how I can place this thick and dense mass of dough into a bowl and one hour later (or so) it becomes this pillowy, airy, domed mass of lusciousness that can shaped and fried. It’s the thing that makes baking from scratch fun!

This week’s feature is Birthday Party Fried Dough. It is adorned with a glaze (white or pastel) and sugar sprinkles or cupcake pearls. I just noticed the one below looks a little bit like a donut, but it’s not. It’s better! The wonderful thing about fried dough is it doesn’t have to be perfect since it is shaped freehand. What matters is it tastes great. I was all over this one like white on rice after the photo shoot!

Birthday Party Fried Dough with rainbow sprinkles

I hope you are not tired of fried dough yet. Tune in next time for another In Good Flavor twist.  But, before then, I will be taking a little time off for some R&R to kick back and enjoy company. This includes taking time off from blogging next week. So until next time, happy eating!

Birthday Party Fried Dough, cut view to see center



BIRTHDAY PARTY FRIED DOUGH
DOUGH RECIPE ADAPTED FROM TASTE OF HOME




INGREDIENTS:  

For the Dough:
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

For the topping:
5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
Food coloring (optional)
Candied sprinkles
Oil for frying



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.

Punch down dough with greased hands. Pinch off a small pieces and shape into 5-inch rounds that are no more than 1/4 inch thick. If the dough is too tacky when forming rounds, generously dust the work surface and your hands with flour. Fry until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to drain and cool slightly.

Combine powdered sugar and milk. Stir until it is a spreadable consistency. Add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Blend in enough food coloring to obtain the desired color. Spread over fried dough and smooth out using a spoon or spatula.  Immediately add candied sprinkles. Makes about 15 servings.

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