Some dishes instantly put you in a different time and place. Gluten and Dairy Free Fried Elephant Ears instantly brings up happy nostalgia and memories of fairs and festivals.
Is there anything more classic than funnel cake and elephant ears at the fair? Next to corndogs and hot buttered corn on a stick, these sweet treats are truly iconic. There's no need to wait for the next fair when you can easily make these at home.
I love food that is interactive. There's just something so playful about allowing people to pick their own flavors and make something their own. Gluten and Dairy Free Fried Elephant Ears are a true DIY treat.
If you want something fun to do with family or friends, these elephant ears are truly the perfect sweet confection. Whether you're looking for the perfect way to cap off a backyard barbecue or want to surprise them with a festive dessert, these crispy and flaky creations will be a total crowd pleaser.
Fried dough comes in so many different forms and variations, from the New Orleans classic beignets to Italian zeppole. This recipe for Gluten and Dairy Free Fried Elephant Ears starts its journey as an easy dough that is then folded and rolled out. When you fold the dough it helps create those irresistible flaky layers.
Unlike some fried dough creations, these elephant ears only require a shallow fry. The best part about these are the toppings. You can have as much fun as you like and pull out all of the stops, letting everyone pick their favorite. The dough is only lightly sweet making the possibilities endless.
Into the Skillet with Gluten and Dairy Free Fried Elephant Ears
With just a little prep at the beginning, these spirited desserts are sure to become a family favorite.
- Make your dough. Add your Gluten Free 1.1 flour, sugar, warm oat milk, and melted Dairy Free butter to a bowl. Mix to combine.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes.
- Lightly flour your work area before turning your dough out of the bowl.
- Work the dough some, folding it over about 10 times, similar to when you fold biscuit dough. The dough will come together more at this point.
- If your dough starts to stick sprinkle a little more flour.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece out thing.
- Heat vegetable oil to 375 in a large skillet. You want at least an inch of oil so the elephant ears don't stick to the bottom.
- Carefully place a piece of dough into the skillet. Allow the first side to fry for 2-3 minutes until flipping it. Let the other side cook 2-3 minutes until golden.
- Remove the elephant ear from the pan and allow it to drain on paper towel lined plates or a cooling rack.
- Top them with your favorite toppings. I love powdered sugar, cinnamon-sugar, and pie filling.
Are you looking for more fun and festive treats? Make sure you check out my recipe for Gluten Free White Chocolate Blueberry Rice Krispie Treats. Now let's get frying!
Gluten and Dairy Free Fried Elephant Ears
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Large skillet
- 2 ¼ cups Gluten Free 1.1 flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup oat milk, warm
- 3 tbsp Dairy Free butter, melted
- 1-2 cups vegetable oil
- Favorite toppings such as pie filling, powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar
- Add the flour, sugar, melted butter, and oat milk to a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest.
- Lightly flour your work surface before turning your dough out.
- Work the dough by gently folding it over about 10 times. The dough should come together more. If the dough begins to stick sprinkle a little extra flour.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
- Roll each piece out until it is thin.
- Heat vegetable in a large skillet to 375. You want the oil to be about 1" deep so the dough doesn't stick.
- Gently lower the dough into the skillet. Allow the first side to fry for 2-3 minutes before flipping.
- Allow the second side to fry 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
- Transfer the elephant ears to a paper towel lined plate or cooling rack and allow them to drain.
- Top with your favorite toppings.