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Wolf At The Window With Long Johns And Cinnamon Balls

Wolf At The Window With A Bag of Dough

This week a wolf appeared in my dreams with a bag of dough.

According to the American Indian Medicine Cards: the discovery of power through the ways of animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson­­— the wolf appears to empower the teacher within us to share our knowledge with others.

Mama Mic’s Magic Dough included promises for recipe variations using the basic dough.

What if I used prepackaged dough— in the refrigerator section of Whole Foods or Trader Joes for about $2.50 a bag?  Will it work? Taste OK?

Will the earth start shaking?  Will she start shaking it???

It works. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make dough buy it! The texture is different, the taste a little different, but they still disappear as fast as you can make them! Stored forever in your family’s memory bank.

Full Of Huff And Puff Popping Off the Plate

Bring the dough to room temperature in a covered bowl, let it rise and…you have enough for several batches of Long Johns and Cinnamon Balls. Roll the dough into a rectangle. Slice into small rectangles.

Cut Into Rectangles

Heat Grapeseed oil (use Grapeseed oil because it has a high flash point for frying) about 1 inch deep, when a sprinkle of water into the pan sizzles, the oil is ready.  Drop dough rectangles into frying pan.

The Dough Rectangles Start to Puff and Poof

Fry on one side about 2-3 minutes and turn over.

Sizzle and Puff and Brown

Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain excess fat.

Drain On Paper Towel

In a  small bowl mix 1 cup confectioners sugar with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons water for a glaze.

Powdered Sugar Vanilla Glaze

Glaze the Long Johns.

Pour On the Glaze

Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.

And start rolling the dough balls.

Roll The Balls

Sizzle and Turn

Hot From the Pan Roll In The Cinnamon Sugar

Long Johns and Cinnamon Balls

Our dreams can become our reality.

And I discovered this is…

Wolf Awareness Week
October 17-23
Wolf Awareness Week is an annual event where one week is set aside in October to teach and learn about the important role wolves play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.


9 thoughts on “Wolf At The Window With Long Johns And Cinnamon Balls

  1. Looking at the long johns reminds me of Sunday mornings! Its hard to believe there was ever dough left over from the bread or pizza we had on Saturday. I made dough for pizza Sunday but I have never made the long johns as an adult and passed that one on… I tried to stay away from frying as much as possible but I can smell them now! I think I’ll make them over the Holidays. Waking up to that and the memories was so sweet ! Thanks

  2. Is the oil neutral, or does it add something in particular to the flavor (as compared to veg oil)? The pics have me wanting to go downstairs immediately to make some beignets. It was the puffs in the skillet that did it for me, great pics!

    • Hi Gayle,
      Thinking of you today and your beautiful produce at the Farmer’s Market and I tried a new kale recipe. I will post next week. It turned out great! The flash or smoke points of oils are important. Canola, Safflower, Avocado and Grapeseed oils all have a smoke point or high flash point, that allows for high heat without turning toxic, therefore great for frying. Because they fry so fast and hot they don’t impart much flavor that’s where the quality of your dough or whatever you’re frying comes in, also they don’t absorb fat as quickly either, leaving you with less fat in final “Fried Cakes”!
      I think Peanut oil is in this category also but with some peoples allergies and never knowing who’s going to show and share, I didn’t use it. Thanks. Enjoy. Adagio

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