How to make it

  • In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar,salt and shortening.
  • Heat until shortening is melted.
  • DO NOT BOIL!!
  • Cool to lukewarm
  • Add yeast & stir until dissolved.
  • Stir in flour 2 cups at a time.
  • Beat after each addition until smooth.
  • Put in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Let rise until double, about 30 min.
  • Dust hands with flour and pinch off pieces of dough about size of golf ball.
  • Stretch each piece into a thin 6 to 8 " circle.
  • Fry one at a time in oil heated to 380 to 400 degrees until dough rises to surface.
  • Turn & fry on other side until light brown.
  • Drain on paper towel & sprinkle with sugar mixture.
  • Makes about 20 elephant ears.
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    " It was excellent "
    cherylannxo ate it and said...
    Doughnuts and ice cream are my downfalls. You have my 5 on this recipe. Thanks for sharing...Cheryl
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  • coffeyhouse 7 years ago
    How many tablespoons or teaspoons are in a package of yeast. I buy it in the glass container since i'm a bread maker...
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  • ambus 7 years ago
    Thanks for a wonderful recipe. I love these
    things.
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    I don't care what you ladies call 'em I love 'em and ty for the post my foodie friend.
    hehe
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  • crystalwaters 7 years ago
    LOL up here in the Great White North we call these "Beaver Tails" and you can get them covered in everything from garlic 'n cheese to cinnamon and sugar! Great post, thanks!
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  • crocwoman 7 years ago
    I buy these at the fair also and love them. Gonna also try these out. Thanks for the post.
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  • krumkake 7 years ago
    Oh, wouldn't this be fun to make with my little granddaughter! Thanks cheri!
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  • henrie 7 years ago
    I have a recipe for Elephant Tracks, haven't made them in years, they are sooooo good. Bookmarking your recipe to make, will post mine since they are not donuts, they are more a pastry that's baked.
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  • michellem 7 years ago
    We always get these at the Fair. Im going to give these a try! Thanks for sharing. Michelle
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