Fried Dough

What's not to love about fried dough? It's greasy, crispy, chewy and often filled or covered with copious amounts of sugar. The world craves fried dough so much that almost every country has its own version—more than one in some places. France does beignets (as does New Orleans). Italy has perfected the zeppole. Spain and Latin America can't get enough of churros (some versions are even filled). And then there's the US: the land of state fairs, doughnuts and funnel cake. F&W's guide will help you appreciate all the creative ways humans have come up with to fry dough, plus pointers on the best frying methods and recipes from all over the world.

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Kabocha Squash Fritters with Yuzu-Garlic Dipping Sauce
Japanese korokke are the basis for these cheesy squash fritters, which can be made with freshly steamed kabocha squash or canned pumpkin puree. A drier squash, kabocha has a sweet flavor and cooks down into a custardy texture that's still dry enough to fry into these crispy two-bite appetizers. Serve them with a shortcut dipping sauce, a blend of fresh garlic, bright yuzu juice, and silky Kewpie mayo.
Pączki Donuts
Pączki donuts are traditionally made just before Lent as a delicious way to use up ingredients in the pantry that would normally be given up as a Lenten sacrifice—such as butter, sugar, and jam. Try not to reroll the dough more than 2 to 3 times. This will prevent the donuts from turning slightly tough and from frying up unevenly. Freeze-dried strawberries add a terrific flavor to the jelly donut's sugar dusting. If you enjoy floral flavors, try filling the donuts with rose petal jam.
Pon de Ring (Mochi-Tofu Doughnuts)
Rating: Unrated 1
Silken tofu gives these strawberry-flavored mochi-tofu doughnuts (inspired by pon de ring doughnuts popularized in Japan) a chewy, springy texture, while mochiko (sweet glutinous rice flour) helps the doughnuts get an airy, crispy crust. The dough and glaze get their strawberry flavor from strawberry powder; to make your own, pulse freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor until finely ground. This recipe can be adapted to make lemon-flavored doughnuts; read to the bottom of the recipe for instructions on how to make the lemon pon de ring variation.
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Donuts
Rating: Unrated 1
The first bite of one of these buttermilk donuts takes you from a super crunchy, craggy crust to a deliciously tender cake interior, all draped in a glorious lemonade-like glaze. A touch of nutmeg adds a touch of old-fashioned flavor. Be sure to drain the donuts twice—first on a wire rack and then again on paper towels—to remove any excess oil before glazing them.
Guyanese Gojas (Fried Coconut Turnovers)
Fried sweets prepared and shared with loved ones are a mainstay of Phagwah, or Holi, a holiday celebrated by many in the South Asian diaspora each spring. Alica Ramkirpal-Senhouse, founder of the blog Alica’s Pepperpot, learned to make these Indo-Caribbean coconut-stuffed fried handpies from her grandmother, Shelia. Freshly grated nutmeg and ginger are essential ingredients for the warmly spiced coconut filling. Serve them piping hot, soon after frying, for the best texture.

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Anytime around Diwali, you'll find golden, translucent, crispy, sticky,  jewel-like jalebis in boxes stacked up high inside mithai shops and Indian grocery stores all around the world. Jalebi, a Persian-origin sweet that is popular in India, is a treat made from batter that's drizzled into hot oil to deep-fry it, and then briefly soaked in a fragrant saffron- and cardamom-infused syrup. Typically, jalebi is made with a fermented batter, or attho, but in more modern times cooks have found a quick shortcut by using baking soda, eno (fruit salt), or lemons to acidify the batter. While making jalebi, the most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure the syrup is warm and to immediately drop the deep-friend jalebis from the oil into syrup so that the jalebis soak it all up. If the syrup is too hot or too cold, the jalebi will not absorb the syrup and you'll end up with soggy jalebis, which will still taste good but won't give you the crispy texture you want. I highly recommend eating them fresh—there truly is nothing like fresh jalebi right out of the syrup!
Green Chile–Spiced Apple Fritters
Rating: 5 stars

Harvest time (and apple desserts, especially) are classically associated with fall warming spices, like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. However, I recently visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, and learned about one particular “spice” that’s indigenous to the Americas and was also one of the first crops grown by Native Americans: the chile pepper.I don’t remember any chile peppers hanging out of the cornucopias that adorned my classroom walls at Thanksgiving time—it was always apples, corn, and squash. But chile peppers have been cultivated for at least 10,000 years—nearly twice as long as corn. Chile peppers are as American as apple pie!While in Santa Fe, I learned that New Mexicans celebrate chile peppers of both the green and red variety. The only difference between the two is when they’re picked. Early-picked green chiles have a milder, more earthy flavor; red peppers are fully ripened, and thus are fiery and sweet with much more heat. Given the mild, herb-like flavor of green chile peppers, I thought they’d be a perfect complement to one of fall’s biggest fan foods—apples.Whoo’s Donuts in downtown Santa Fe confirmed my suspicions with their Green Chile Apple Fritter. Their apple fritters are more donut-like, while the recipe I created is closer to fried pancake batter, chock-full of large pieces of apples and dusted with a sugar–green chile mix. There’s just enough of the mild green chile powder (available at in these fritters to awaken your taste buds, making the apples taste even more apple-y.The batter for the fritters is made like many quick breads: combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the liquids in a separate bowl. You simply whisk the two together, then fold in the cubed apples, and fry in batches of 4 to 5 fritters at a time by lowering the fritter batter right into the oil a tablespoon at a time. Once fried, coat the fritters in the sugar-chile mix and serve warm. They’re not too sweet, so these crispy fritters are a perfect treat for breakfast on a cool fall morning with a hot cup of tea or a chai latte.