For the dough:
1/4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup warm whole milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Oil, for deep frying
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 . 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon .
2 . In a large mixing bowl, add water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. If your yeast does not foam, start again (the water could be too hot or yeast could be expired).
3 . Stir in whole milk, salt, vanilla, egg, and oil. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Add flours one cup at a time and mix until a dough begins to form.
4 . Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes, adding flour as needed until the dough is no longer wet and sticky.
5 . Form into a ball and let rise in a covered, greased bowl for 1 hour, or until dough as doubled in size. Once dough has risen, heat your oil to 350 to 375° F in a pot or frying pan that is high enough to allow the oil to be 2 inches deep.
6 . Meanwhile, place the melted butter in a bowl near the fryer. Mix together the cinnamon and the sugar and place in a bowl nearby. Cut dough into 8 equal portions and shape each into a ball.
7 . Roll out dough to into a flat oval shape that is between 1/2 to 1 centimeter thick. (The dough will puff up once it hits the fryer.) 8 . Fry dough for 1 minute on each side, until golden brown, then transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil. Brush with melted butter and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat frying the ovals, one at a time, until you have used up all your dough.
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