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New Orleans Easy Fried Dough

Made famous on the streets of New Orleans, this fantastic sweet bread recipe is made with vanilla and the zest of an orange for an unforgettable flavor. Fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar, you can't stop at just one.


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  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • oil, to fry
  • powdered sugar, to taste
  • 1/2 fresh orange zest (optional)


  1. In saucepan over medium heat, combine water, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring, until butter melts. Add flour all at once.
  2. Over low heat, cook and stir until mixture forms into a ball.
  3. Remove from heat and vigorously beat in eggs, one at a time, until mixture is smooth and shiny (similar to eclairs).
  4. Add vanilla and zest (if using), mixing well. Drop rounded teaspoonsful of dough into deep hot oil at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Correct frying temperature is very important.
  5. Fry the dough a few at a time until golden on all sides (they may turn themselves over in the oil). Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper toweling. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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This dough sounds really similar to cream puff and or churro dough, minus the zest...and I'm guessing that the orange zest gives it the perfect burst of flavor. Perhaps a pinch of cinnamon and ground cloves would be just what this recipe needs to give it that extra something special, and just a thought, but what if you were to candy some of the orange zest and mix it in with powdered sugar to sprinkle on may really elevate this already delicious treat.

This sounds really intriguing. I've never had fried dough before, and the recipe sounds pretty simple to make. Time to crack open the Fry Daddy fryer and make up some of these. I'm curious if one could substitute almond extract for the vanilla extract and how those would turn out. The orange sounds great and I think I'd enjoy trying these with some lemon zest.

I can't eat fried dough unless I find a way to make it gluten free but I was intrigued by this recipe so I took a look. It looks truly awesome, I know my son will like it and so I will make it. I hope I can resist and not eat one.

I adore fried dough! Although I haven't yet made enough different varieties of fried dough, I grew up in Hawaii with something pretty similar. Working with dough all the time, I really like the fast and easy dough recipes, and this one looks like such a good one that I can't wait to start making these! These little fried dough balls might also be awesome made with a little bit of spice added in, or maybe lemon zest as well.

I've never had the original so I have nothing to compare to. Made about 22 little breads. Reminded me of a roujnd Mexican churro...a little goey almost undercooked on the inside, but good.


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