Fried Bread Dough

My son came home so that I could take him to get his wisdom teeth pulled out.  He came home a day early so he could help get a few things done around here.  Since my husband’s farm accident that cut the tendons in one of his finger, we’ve gotten behind on a few things that my hubby usually takes care of because he only has one functioning hand.  When he go home…my son’s request…make fried bread dough.


Fried bread dough has been a favorite of the kids for forever.  They are really simple and easy…

I make my regular homemade bread dough..whatever recipe you use is great.  If you aren’t a homemade bread baker, it’s no big deal…buy some frozen bread dough.  Once your bread is to the stage that you would put it in the pan to bake, cut it into bun sized pieces.  Stretch the bread out with your hands so that it is about 3/4″ thick.  Drop it in your deep fat fryer.


The dough will puff up and fry on one side.  Take a tongs and flip it over to fry the other side.  It should be about the color as it shows in the picture.  If you have new oil in your fryer they may be slightly lighter.  Take the doughs out.  Let them drain for a minute on paper towels.   Dip them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.   Eat.

They are a HUGE treat around here.  When I did childcare, these were the kids’ favorite.  Often I would make a quadruple batch of bread in the morning.  I would make bread doughs for breakfast with part of the dough, then make buns and cinnamon rolls with the rest of the dough.  One mess…lots of tasty goodness.

8 thoughts on “Fried Bread Dough”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that your husband cut all the tendons in one of his fingers. I did the same thing in 1999 and that finger has never straightened out. Thankfully mine is the pinky on my non-dominant hand so it isn’t a huge deal; but that hand has been significantly weaker than my dominant hand ever since. My advice to him is to continue doing physical therapy even after they clear him. It will help. I did it for a little while, but I think I should have done it much longer.

    Those fried bread puffs look YUMMY! I’m going to have to try that some time. Thanks!

  2. Now I am hungry!! They look yummy. I always used prepared dough in the past but I think I need to try it with homemade dough and add apple bits.

  3. We call those delicious treats fried scones around here – I had never had them until I met my husband and his family 35+ years ago. Unfortunately, they are nothing but a distant memory now that I’ve joined Weight Watchers – sigh!

  4. Oh, I haven’t had fried bread dough in so long and yours looks so good! I cheat and use frozen bread dough and also just fry mine in a pan since I don’t have a deep fryer, and then dip in cinnamon sugar. Yum!

  5. Thanks for a wonderful memory jog! My mother made bread every Saturday. 6 loaves, a pan of cinnamon rolls for Sunday morning and fried scones as Gayle said for Saturday supper. Churned butter, homemade jelly or preserves or sometimes molasses. I’ll have to try the cinnamon sugar. Sounds yummy.

  6. we were raised on fried bread dough. we called it glisters becauce they float why cooking. some of my friendly called them pulled Johnnie’s uunstead of rolling out your dough. they just pulled dough apart and fried. we they would be hollow inside so we would open and spread butter on them and dipped in sunny side up eggs. I am 58 years old and I still make them. been in our family even before I was born.

  7. In South Africa we call this VETKOEKE – cakes baked in fat.
    For savoury vetkoeke, pair it with your favourite minced beef.
    For a sweet treat, pair it with Honey & cheese.

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