You may see this as just fried dough filled with feta cheese, but for me it’s so much more than that. This fried dough makes me very nostalgic.
When I was a little girl, growing up in Romania, I went to a gradeschool that was a 5 minute walk from our home. My sister and I would walk to school every day. On the left side of the school there was an old movie theatre and across the street a market where they would sell this fried dough and you could smell it for miles. Even now just thinking about it, the smell of this cheesy fried dough comes to my mind.
We used to go to the market often, many times at lunch, often after school, and the only reason was to buy this delicious fried dough.
Sometimes after school we’d go to the movie theatre to watch a movie. The movies that used to play there were mostly Indian movies, and if you’ve never seen an Indian movie you should, they are all very sad and made you cry. We used to cry our heart out at these movies, but we loved them. On the way home from school or the movie theatre we would pass by a chocolate factory which was right across from our home. Oh the aromas there, can you imagine living across from a chocolate factory, the smell was amazing. Maybe that’s why I love chocolate so much today.
So if this seems like just plain fried dough with cheese to you, to me it’s so much more. To me it’s my childhood, memories that I cherish.
In Romanian these are called “Langosi cu branza” which the closest translation I could come up with is donuts with cheese, but to me a donut is sweet so I’m not sure this is the correct translation. But for the purpose of this post we’ll just call it fried dough filled with cheese and it is amazing. Every time I go back to Romania, this is something I always get and it never lets me down. It’s just as good as I remember it from when I was a kid.
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1¼ cup warm water
- 1 (8 g) package of active dry yeast
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
- vegetable oil for frying
- In a small bowl mix the sugar, yeast and water. Let it sit for about 15 minutes until the yeast gets bubbly.
- In the bowl of a mixer, add the flour, salt and mix. Add the yeast mixture and using the dough hook mix it for about 5 minutes. The dough will be quite sticky and elastic.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Keep in a warm spot and allow the dough to double in size, anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
- Heat up a couple cups of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. You might need to oil your hands, so as the dough doesn't stick to them. Roll out each piece into a circle that's about 4 inches in diameter. Add ¼ cup of feta cheese in the middle and bring up the sides of the dough and form into a ball, covering up the cheese. Roll out the ball with cheese so that it's about 6 inches in diameter. The cheese may stick out a bit, but that's OK.
- Fry one piece of dough at a time, on both sides until golden, about 3 min per side checking often to make sure it doesn't burn. You'll notice as it fries the dough will bubble up.
- Repeat with remaining dough pieces.
- Serve warm.