Homemade Fry Bread is soft, pillowy dough, gently fried to golden perfection. Use it for savory Navajo Tacos or sweet Elephant Ears. Fast and simple to whip up!
Homemade Fry Bread
Homemade Fry Bread is a simple dough that can be seasoned a million different ways. I’ve eaten it sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar my whole life, which is typically called “elephant ears”. Fry Bread is really easy and fast to whip up, and I love the way it smells when it is cooking. I remember smelling it as a kid when my mom would make it and getting so excited! It was always a special treat. We make a whole meal out of it, using the dough as the base for our Navajo Tacos, then as scones with honey and butter, or sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar as elephant ears. But no matter how you serve it, this is a favorite recipe that everyone will love!
Is Fry Bread the Same as Fried Scones?
Yes! A lot of people associate the word “scones” with a cookie or biscuit treat that is served with tea, especially in European countries. However, this scone recipe is more like fry bread, typically fried in hot oil, this dough puffs up to make it soft in the middle, golden crisp on the outside. The yeasty scone can be made from pizza dough, frozen roll dough, refrigerated biscuit dough or from our mouthwatering homemade recipe below.
Tips for the Perfect Fry Bread
- You can make the dough ahead of time and store in an airtight container overnight before frying. Make sure to bring the dough back to room temperature before frying.
- Freeze leftover scones in an airtight container for up to two months.
- To reheat, it’s best to wrap the scones in foil, then heat in the oven at 375 degrees for about ten minutes until hot. Open up the foil for the last five minutes to get that golden crisp crust back to perfection.
Toppings for Homemade Fry Bread
Honestly, there are so many ways to dress up this fry bread, and every way is delicious! Serve savory with our Navajo Taco recipe, or try mixing and matching a few of these tasty toppings:
- cinnamon and sugar
- honey and butter
- powdered sugar
- chocolate sauce
- raspberry jam
- fresh strawberries and whipped cream
- maple syrup
How to Make Homemade Fry Bread
- Heat oil to 375 degrees in a frying pan or electric skillet.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix dough thoroughly, you may have to add more flour to get a soft dough consistency.
- Divide dough into 4 balls.
- Roll each dough ball out on a floured surface making a thin circle.
- Lift it like a pizza dough off the surface.
- Fry the dough in hot oil.
- When you see the dough turning a golden brown – about 20-30 seconds. Flip over and cook the other side. It's normal to see big bubbles in the dough.
- Remove from oil when both sides are a golden brown.
- Drain off excess grease on a paper towel.
- Keep warm in oven (200 degrees) until ready to serve.
FOR NAVAJO TACOS
- Top fry bread with hot chili, cheese, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.
FOR ELEPHANT EARS
- Brush with butter then sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and/or honey.