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Fried Dough / Sfingi


Little poppable treats of hot fried dough balls smothered in cinnamon sugar. Careful, once you pop, you can't stop!

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  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 cups all purpose flour (use 1-2 cups for thinner dough)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon



Step 1

Mix the yeast into 1/4 cup of warm water and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy. Add the rest of the water and the salt. Mix. Add the flour one cup at a time. You can use your hands or a food processor to mix it, but I prefer my big standing mixer with a dough hook. Mix in the flour until it forms a ball, then knead for 5-10 minutes (3-4 minutes in the mixer).

Take balls of dough about the size of a small lemon and flatten them until they’re about 3″ in diameter. Place on a floured towel or cookie sheet and cover with another clean towel. Let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.

Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large pan until it’s about 375 degrees fahrenheit. To test, drop a small piece of dough in. It should puff up and sizzle.

While you’re waiting, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Put this in a paper bag and mix together.

Fry the dough about 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned. Drain on brown bags or paper towels, then shake in the bag with the cinnamon and sugar. Mmmmmm!

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