Total Time:
3 hr 40 min
15 min
3 hr
25 min

4 servings
  • Sponge:
  • 1 package dry yeast (2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2/3 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/4 cup rye flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chestnut flour
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Oil, for frying
  • Sponge: In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water and stir in the flour. Allow the mixture to sit until quite bubbly, about 30 minutes.

  • Mix together the white flour, rye flour and salt in a bowl. Stir 1 cup of this mixture and 1 cup of cold water into the sponge. Mix thoroughly and allow to sit another 30 minutes.

  • Add the whole-wheat flour, chestnut flour and the olive oil. Knead the dough either by hand or in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix until the dough is soft and elastic, about 5 minutes. You may need to add a little more flour if the dough is too wet, but you want a soft, slightly sticky dough. Very soft, moist dough makes the best crust!

  • Put the dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel and allow it to rest in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours. If you are making the dough a day before, put the bowl in the refrigerator and let rise slowly overnight.

  • To cook the doughboys, preheat a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, with enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 375 degrees F.

  • Be sure to use a frying thermometer to be accurate. Pull the dough into odd shapes that look like elephant ears, then drop them into the fryer, in batches, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip them over with a chop stick and cook the other side until golden brown, a few more minutes. Repeat the process until all of the dough is used. Arrange them on a serving platter and serve with jam, maple syrup, and powdered sugar. Sit down, get coffee and eat.

  • Cook's Note: The dough usually made a day before using.

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