Step Right Up! Gluten-Free Fried Dough Discovered By Mistake!

I discovered an awesome gluten-free fried dough!

No, I didn’t discover it at some carnival stand, amusement park, fair or seaside resort. I found it in my very own kitchen during a “mistake” I made last week while developing a pancake recipe.

What was suppose to be a no-fuss, skillet-less pancake transformed itself into a shiny, disk of bubbling crispy batter. As soon as I opened the oven door, I thought I was in the House of Mirrors… I knew I wasn’t dealing with any ordinary pancake anymore. This darn disk of dough had played a trick on me.

I was in heaven. The buttery balloon-like pockets were screaming for powdered sugar & cinnamon louder than children on a field trip while diving down the rollercoaster’s largest hill.

Check out this recipe yourself. And beware – because you won’t want to share!

Gluten-free Fried Dough

4 tablespoons butter
½ cup gluten-free all purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
½ cup milk
2 eggs
A few dashes of cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Place the butter in a glass pie plate, and put in the oven until melted. Do not burn!

While butter is melting, whisk the rest of the ingredients together.

Remove pan from oven, and make sure that the melted butter is distributed evenly across the bottom of the pan. Pour batter over the top.

Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges are crispy and browning.

Remove pan from oven, and remove any butter that has pooled on top of dough. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cinnamon or granulated sugar.



7 Responses to “Step Right Up! Gluten-Free Fried Dough Discovered By Mistake!”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    I tried this using half of the ingredients. It was fun and pretty yummy. I liked the cinnamon/granular sugar topping better than the powdered sugar. A topping of berries or baked apples would work too.

  2. Michael Says:

    I know this recipe from years ago as the NYTimes Souffle – when I made it with wheat flour and butter. It was a fabulous dish for Sunday Mornings – roommates and friends loved it! Now – I need to see if I can recreate it with DAIRY FREE contents for my dairy-allergic kids. Any one tried this yet with DF margarine? If I remember right, the BUTTER wells up over the top of the dough as it tries to cook and it’s rich and lovely. The idea of berries/baked apples is great – I bet it would go well with blueberry jam as well! Thanks for the recipe – I’d forgotten all about this one!

  3. Kathleen Reale Says:


    Please let us know if you try to recreate this recipe for those on a dairy-free diet – It will be great to know!

    I would love to try the recipe you have too – so let us know if you are able to dig it up!

    Be Free!

  4. Nomi Says:

    This sounds just like what I am looking for. My 11 year old daughter has never had fried dough and she watches longingly as her friends eat it! Thank you. I will defenitely being making this.

  5. Jane Says:

    Mine came out very ‘eggy’ so, I’m going to try it with one less egg, see what that does. Thank you for this recipe!

  6. Michelle Says:

    I tried making this and it came out exactly like a Dutch pancake!! We’ve been trying to make those things for years. I made mine in a round metal non-stick cake pan. (I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be make in a glass pie plate or in a pan–the directions call it both a pie plate and a pan.) I sprayed it with cooking spray before melting the butter to be sure it would not stick. Put some powdered sugar on it. Could easily throw in some apples/cinnamon.
    It was soooo yummy! Saving this recipe!

  7. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Thanks, Michelle! So glad that you liked these yummy treats! =)

    Be Free!

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