Friday, June 23, 2023

Air Fryer Fried Dough

 Easy to make air fryer fried dough reviewed.

Air Fryer Fried Dough

You will find this sweet treat at your local County Fair or Church Bazaars. They go by many different names, fried dough, doughboys, or elephant ears. Whenever we visit a local fair the first thing I look for is the fried dough. Fried bread dough with sugar or sugar and cinnamon all over it.

These little sweet treats are just as easy to make at home with your air fryer. Over the weekend, I picked up some fresh dough at our local grocery store to make some pizza. I had some dough left over, but it wasn't enough to make another whole pizza so I decided to use my air fryer to make these little sweet treats.

How to make Air Fryer Fried Dough:

  1. Take a small portion of bread dough in your hand and begin to shape it into a 4 to 5 - inch disc. not too thick.
  2. Set them on a cookie sheet and lightly coat both sides with oil.
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray or you can lightly brush it with oil.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees and set the timer to 9 minutes.
  5. Set them in the basket and turn them over after 5 minutes.
  6. While they are cooking melt about 1/2 stick of butter.
  7. Put 1/2 cup of white sugar in a flat dish. You can add cinnamon and mix it together if you like sugar and cinnamon.
  8. When they finish cooking brush with the butter and coat with the sugar mixture.
Make sure you flatten them before adding to the air fryer, as you can see from the picture I made mine a little too thick. They puffed up so much that I considered filling them with strawberry jam but didn't enough on hand. I had room for four at a time in my air fryer basket, I ate one one them before I took the picture. 

If you don't have an air fryer it's just as easy to make these on the stovetop. Check out my recipe here for County Fair Fried Dough.

We love our air fryer, we have a Ninja Foodi Grill and we use it all the time. It's a real time saver for quick indoor grilling or air frying. Check out my review here: Ninja Foodi Grill Review.

For my County Fair Fried Dough recipe on the stovetop, I use my cast iron skillet.


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  1. Sam, your fried dough reminds me somewhat of beignets, that New Orleans delicacy. These look delicious. And really easy to fix. Wish I had a few right this minute. :) Thanks for the recipe.

  2. So easy and delicious! And I agree, reminds me of beignets (and Italian street fairs) as well! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. That sounds so good - our oven has an air fryer and I may have to give this one a try - I never think to buy dough, I really need to do this!

  4. Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  5. These look and sound so tasty and easy to make!! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  6. Oh, yum! I love cinnamon & sugar on buttered toast. I have no doubt that I would love the elephant ears (I like that name). I still have not purchased a new air fryer since I gave my other one to my sister-in-law. Another reason why I need to replace it! Your air fryer fried dough sounds delicious!

  7. Oh my these sound yummy.....I will have to pass this on to my bread making hubby and he will drive me to distraction with this treat! Thanks Sam!


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