happy september first! as summer winds down to an end, i thought making fair/carnival food would be the perfect way to celebrate the last few days of summer (hi fall, i missed you). with the CNE taking place in toronto, fried food galore is being served including my favourite.. canadian fried pastry dough. you can check out the article i wrote for food52 on fried dough here & get the recipe below! now let's get ready to welcome pumpkin everything back into our lives again.


for the dough

  • ¼ warm water
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying

for the topping

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup cinnamon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • in a large mixing bowl add water, yeast and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. If your yeast does not foam start again (water could be too hot or yeast could be expired).
  • stir in whole milk, salt, vanilla, egg and oil. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated.
  • add dough one cup at a time and mix until a dough begins to form.
  • turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes, adding flour as needed until the dough is no longer wet & sticky.
  • form into a ball and let rise in a covered bowl for 1 hour, or until dough as doubled in size.
  • once dough has risen begin to heat your oil to 350-375 degrees. Pot or frying pan should be high enough to allow oil to be 3-4 inches deep.
  • roll out dough to a flat oval shape that is about 1 cm thick.
  • fry dough for 2 minutes on each side, and transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • brush with melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • repeat frying one at a time until you have used up all your dough.
  • close your eyes, pretend you are surrounded by farris wheels & games and take a bite into summer.

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