Make concession-stand quality fried dough at home by following a basic recipe from King Arthur Flour or a more advanced dough, such as Thera's Canadian Fried Dough recipe, and frying the dough. Prepare fried dough a deep fryer or a deep pan; cook it in an oil with a high smoke point and a neutral flavor, such as peanut oil. Finish the fried dough with powdered sugar or other toppings.
Prepare King Arthur Flour's simple dough by combining 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Mix in 2 tablespoons cold and unsalted butter, cubed, with your hands or a mixer, then stir in 3/4 cup lukewarm water to form the dough. Cover and rest for 15 minutes, then divide the dough into eight equal portions. Roll each dough ball into a thin disk approximately 5 inches around and 3/8 inches thick individually. Prepare a 10-inch pan with 3/8 inches of oil, and heat to 375 degrees.
Cook the dough disks individually by slowly laying them away from you in the pan of hot oil. Allow each disk to fry for approximately 60 seconds on each side. When performed properly, the dough becomes puffy and golden brown. Drain the completed dough disks on a paper towel-line platter or tray, and serve with powdered sugar, syrup, fresh fruit, or marinara sauce and cheese.