Grandma’s Fried Dough Pastries

My grandma's recipe for fried dough - an Easter tradition when I was little! |

Growing up, our family had the same routine every year on Good Friday – we would go to church in the afternoon, go home and relax, then head over to my grandma’s around dinnertime. Her kitchen would be overflowing with her usual Easter fare – pigu, bacon and cheese bread, and this fried dough.  The bacon and cheese bread was off-limits until the following day since it had meat, but everything else was fair game. We’d usually order a cheese pizza and then hunker down to watch a movie. Sometimes it was Easter-related, but I distinctly remember one year watching Stephen King’s The Stand. That turned into an entire weekend event and some crazy dreams!

I can remember a huge tray piled high with this fried dough sitting out in her kitchen, and then again at my mom’s on Easter Day. My grandma only ever made it for Easter, and I would waste no time devouring this once-a-year treat.

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158 Easter Recipes

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Wow, did Easter creep up on me this year! Does your family have any Easter traditions? A big brunch… a casual get together… an Easter egg hunt for the kids… typical ham, potatoes, and traditional side dishes? My grandma always baked some special things at Easter, and our menu has always been built around traditional lamb, ham and potato dishes.

Today I’m sharing a round up of some of my favorite Easter foods. You’ll find ideas for breakfasts, brunches, appetizers, side dishes, and desserts. If you’re putting together a menu this week, I think you’ll find some great ideas in the list below. Enjoy!

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