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This article is about a particular kind of food that is known by the specific name "Fried dough". For a comprehensive overview of many different foods that are all made by frying kinds of dough, see List of fried dough foods.
Fried dough
Fried Dough Toppings.jpg
Various fried dough toppings
Alternative names
fry dough
fry bread
fried bread
elephant ears
frying saucers
beaver tails
Type Breakfast, dessert, or snack
Place of origin
Serving temperature
Main ingredients
Yeast dough
Variations zeppole and others
Cookbook:Fried dough  Fried dough

Fried dough is a North American food associated with outdoor food stands in carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, rodeos, and seaside resorts (though it can be made at home). Fried dough is the specific name for a particular variety of fried bread made of a yeast dough; see the accompanying images for an example of use on carnival-booth signs. Fried dough is also known as fry dough, fry bread, fried bread, doughboys, elephant ears, scones, frying saucers, buñuelos in the case of smaller pieces. These foods are virtually identical to each other, and recognizably different from other fried dough foods such as doughnuts, beignets, or fritters.

In Canada, pieces of fried dough are sometimes called beaver tails. According to Bill Castleman, a writer of books on Canadian word origins, the name referred to quick-baked dough "especially in early 19th-century places where people might camp for one night and where there was no frying pan."[1][2] In 1978, Pam & Grant Hooker of Ottawa, Ontario founded the BeaverTails chain of restaurants specializing in the sale of fried dough pastries which are hand stretched to the shape of a beaver's tail.

A smaller Italian variant common in North America is the zeppole.

Similar food is found in Europe, also typically from outdoor stands in fairs. For example, in Croatia fried dough is known as languši, while the oliebol is eaten in the Netherlands.


Fried dough is made by deep-frying a portion of risen yeast dough. The dough acquires an irregular, bubbly appearance from being fried.

The dough may then be sprinkled with a variety of toppings, such as granulated sugar, powdered sugar, cinnamon, fruit sauce, chocolate sauce, cheese, maple syrup, whipped cream, tomato sauce, garlic butter, lemon juice, honey, butter, nuts, or a combination of these.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bill Castleman. "Canadian Food Words". Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  2. ^ Russell Frank, Explorations in the Far North University of Iowa, 1898. p. 39.

External links[edit]

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:29:15 -0700

It produced 7,748 tons of fried dough twists last year, which was 169 percent higher than the designed capacity, according to the prospectus. The company also plans to speed up its expansion in China by opening 19 stores within three years of listing ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:04:05 -0700

The smoky scent blended with the sweet aroma of fried dough, attracting tourists and residents to the North End. “It just gives you a chance to explore the cultural heritage of the North End: the architecture, the food, and the people,” said Jay Snider ...
Brattleboro Reformer
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:07:30 -0700

All day there will be bingo, homemade gourmet food, fried dough, costume jewelry booth, homemade ice cream, book sale, kids' corner and costumes, and face-painting; and bargain booths. The Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase ...

Medina County Gazette

Medina County Gazette
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:42:05 -0700

Loren and I ripped off shreds of the fried dough, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. For $5, it was tasty as I'd hoped. There's just one problem: My stomach was only meant to hold so much. Although I felt filled to the brink, I know that won't stop me from ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:56:15 -0700

The original fried dough was something more like focaccia, but when pizza came along, the notion of frying dough was already embedded in our culinary psyche. It's how we Neapolitans have made pizza at home for generations." This ancient approach is ...
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:56:15 -0700

The Monday menu was a Mountain Man breakfast, served 1 p.m. The entrée: fried biscuits, which tasted like fried dough, but on a biscuit. "It's a real easy recipe," said Hall. "I just give it to the kids, I make sure their hands are clean, and let them ...
Danbury News Times
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:47:03 -0700

Vespucci Lodge member Mario Riccardi grills sausage, peppers and onions at the Amerigo Vespucci Annual Italian Festival at the Vespucci Lodge in Danbury, Conn. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The festival features an array of authentic Italian food, live music, ...
Los Angeles Times
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:23:53 -0700

Since it's supposed to be in the mid 80s Thursday, maybe a scoop of the new State Fair Fried Dough Cinnamon flavor with caramel ice cream, funnel cake pieces and a fried dough-flavored ribbon. Next month when it's still sweltering, there's the Tropical ...

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