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Mini Long Johns for Mardi Gras and #SundaySupper “Fat Sunday”

The party has just begun when you break out the Mini Long Johns for Mardi Gras!
Long John Recipe

When you think about Mardi Gras, what foods come to mind for you? For me, it’s a king cake, or anything sweet that’s been deep fat fried and then liberally sprinkled with green, purple and yellow sanding sugars. For that reason, I decided to make these Mini Long Johns for this weeks #SundaySupper theme of “Fat Sunday”!
When I learned that the theme was “Fat Sunday” for this weeks #SundaySupper I was super excited to make these. I had them pictured in my head exactly how I wanted them to look, and taste, and I honestly couldn’t wait to get busy in the kitchen making them! Now, I’m not usually a sweets kind of gal, but there was just something about the thought of these that made my head spin, and my heart race a little faster.

Can I tell you something? These Mini Long Johns did NOT disappoint! So much so, that after I had them all made, and the pictures taken, it was imperative that I get them out of the house immediately! I knew that, if I didn’t, I’d gobble them all up by myself before anyone else in my family even knew I’d made them.

Ah the excess of Mardi Gras…Got to love it!

Long John Recipe

Yield: approximately 30     Prep Time: 90 minutes (including proof time)   Fry Time: 20-30 minutes

For the dough:
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
4 cups all-purpose flour
baking spray
peanut oil for deep-fat frying
For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk (more if needed)
1 teaspoon almond extract
purple, yellow and green sanding sugars (optional)

-In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the 1/8 teaspoon of granulated sugar and set aside for approximately 5 minutes until it gets nice and foamy.
-In the bowl of a stand mixer using the dough hook, combine the yeast mixture, warm milk, butter, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Mix to combine. Add in the remaining flour and knead for about 2-3 minutes. *Note – The dough will be slightly soft and slightly sticky. If the dough seems too sticky, knead in a little more flour.
-Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled (approximately 1 hour).
-Punch the dough down and roll it out on a lightly floured surface into an approximate 12″ x 8″ rectangle.
-Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips into 3″ x 1″ rectangles.
-Place the cut dough onto parchment lined baking sheets that have been sprayed with baking spray, spacing them at least 1″ apart.
-Allow the dough to rise, yet again, in a warm, draft free place until they’re almost doubled in size (approximately 30-35 minutes).
-Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, carefully bring approximately 7-8 cups of peanut oil to a frying temperature of 425 degrees. *Note – you want at least 3″ of oil in the pan.
-Using a large slotted spoon carefully lower 5-6 mini long johns into the hot oil and fry them on both sides until they’re a lovely golden brown.
-Use the slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and allow them to drain and cool  completely on paper towels.
-To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and almond extract. *Note – If the glaze seems too thick, whisk in a scant bit more milk until you get a consistency you like.
-Drop the long johns, face down, into the glaze and remove to a baking sheet.
-Garnish with colored sanding sugars, if desired, and serve.

Mini Long Johns for Mardi Gras

I don’t normally feature my hand painted glassware on my #SundaySupper posts, but this one sorta seemed to be begging for it! LOL

(If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit my shop which is located within the navigation bar. Custom orders are always welcome and I can work from any photo or description you send my way!)

Here’s the part of my #SundaySupper post where I like to give a big shout-out and thanks to our hardworking host for the week. This week it’s the lovely Leslie, from LaCocina de Leslie. Thank you Leslie, for all the hard work you put in to make this Mardi Gras party a huge success!

Want even more Mardi Gras inspired recipes? Well, you’re in luck! Click on the links below, and be ready to be WOW’d by all the amazing #SundaySupper “Fat Sunday” contributions offered up this week! This is certainly one party you won’t want to miss!

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Sunday 9th of March 2014

I've never heard of long johns before and was so curious what they could be. I'm so glad you shared the recipe because it is something I know I need to try. And fried dough with sugar on top = yes please!!

Sarah Reid

Saturday 8th of March 2014


Kim Bee

Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Oh my gosh, my daughter would go crazy for these. SO cute.


Tuesday 4th of March 2014

Wow! Nothing better than beignets, my dear, but I love them all dressed up for Mardi Gras!