21 January 2011

Elephant Ears

Obviously, an African Elephant. Elephants have no sweat glands, don't you know. They have to cool off by spraying themselves with water or rolling in mud. They've also been known to flap their ears. But the most seriously wonderful use for elephant ears (not the real ones, of course) is to eat them.

We made this snack quite a bit back in the days when people were not so concerned about fat in their diets. Now, it is a rare treat, but still yummy. When you make them, don't let them cool off too much. Unlike the real thing, these are best when warm.

Elephant Ears

1 1/2 c. warm water
2 packages yeast
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
4 c. flour
Dissolve yeast in water and make sure it bubbles a little. Add sugar and salt. Stir in flour 1 c. at a time. Cover and let rise until double. Pinch off dough and roll into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Fry in vegetable oil until lightly browned, turning once. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

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