Fried dough foods
Fried dough foods of the world
Many European fried dough dishes derive from the practise of using up lard, sugar and eggs, dietary luxuries, before Lent.
Most of the foods on this page are produced by frying an uncooked dough in hot oil, however a ready to eat bread may also be fried, in the past this was done to make edible bread which was no longer fresh.
By using a dough with a high fat content, baked foods can be produced with a very similar mouth feel to a fried one. Many supermarket and chain store brought doughnuts may actually be baked not fried.
Other foods with a similar mouth feel to fried dough foods, is when it is a mash of vegetables with a high starch content, e.g. taro, potatoes, yams etc, that is deep fried rather than a dough made from flour.