I need to talk about fried dough. We bought a little bag of these Lil Orbits mini donuts the other day in the lobby of Weaver's Store. First the smell hit us--amazing--but it was the sight of the baby donuts bobbing around in the fryer that put us over the edge. We had to try some. Not surprisingly, they were delicious. I didn't even manage to take a picture, they were gone so fast!
Then, mom started reminiscing about her grandma frying little leftover pieces of bread dough for her when she was a kid. Mom said she and her brother, Jack, would suggest Nana make the bread a little smaller, thus leaving more scraps for the fryer! That led to thoughts about the zeppole I see at some pizza shops, that Pennsylvania delicacy known as a funnel cake, and the variety of fried doughs we saw for sale in Valencia.
Okay, so we did more than just look at them. nom nom
Fried dough is pretty pervasive, no? Well, no wonder...it's FRIED DOUGH! Check out this Guide to Ethnic Fried Doughs Around the World, if you dare. The Fried Dough Worldwide link is especially interesting. Now I want to try them all!