Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fried cinnamon sugar bread

Sunday night's dinner this week consisted of corn beef and cabbage and fried cinnamon sugar bread for dessert. Maybe not the most likely of combos.

This is really like a big donut. And who doesn't want a big donut? I think you could make it for breakfast. A decadent breakfast but breakfast nonetheless. Or you could do as we did and make it for dessert. Or you could make it because it's Wednesday and Wednesdays call for fried sugary doughs.

I know most people fear frying. I'm here to tell you this is extremely simple and in my eyes quite fun. A very simple dough, a little oil in the pan, and loads of cinnamon sugar. It puffs up and becomes a chewy delight.

Fried cinnamon sugar bread
Makes 4 pieces
Time: 30 minutes hands off, 20 minutes hands on

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup canola oil
Generous amount of powdered sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling over the top
Honey for dipping

In a medium bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the middle and add your water. Mix together with a spatula. When mostly combined, knead a few times with your hands, until a smooth ball forms. Let rest covered for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Flour your kitchen counter or cutting board. Divide dough into 4 pieces and roll out until about 1/4" thick. With a knife, make a small slice in the center of the dough.

Line a large plate with paper towels.

In a large saute pan over high heat, add your oil. You want the oil to be hot. Look for it to start glistening. One at a time add your dough rounds. Let cook about 2 minutes a side, flipping with a fork. Transfer to your paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Dip into honey. 

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