Classic Long Johns

Classic Long Johns

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    dozen


Ingredients

  • 2

    pkg (1/4oz each) active dry yeast

  • ½

    cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

  • ½

    cup half and half cream

  • ¼

    cup sugar

  • ¼

    cup shortening

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    tsp salt

  • ½

    tsp ground nutmeg

  • 3 to 3½

    cups all purpose flour

  • Oil for deep fat frying

  • Maple Frosting:

  • ¼

    cup packed brown sugar

  • 2

    Tbsp butter

  • 1

    Tbsp half and half cream

  • tsp maple flavoring

  • 1

    cup confectioners' sugar

  • Chocolate Frosting:

  • 2

    oz semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 2

    Tbsp butter

  • 1

    cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2

    Tbsp boiling water

  • 1

    tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the cream, sugar, shortening, egg, salt, nutmeg and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. 3. Punch dough down; divide in half. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll each half into a 12in x 6in rectangle. Cut into 3 in x 2in rectangles. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. 4. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry long johns, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. 5. For maple frosting, combine brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in cream and maple flavoring. Add the confectioners' sugar; beat for 1 minute or until smooth. Frost cooled long johns. 6. For chocolate frosting, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread over cooled long johns; let stand until set.


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