How To Form Pigs' Ears (Oreilles de Cochon)

Step-by-step instructions for frying and forming pigs' ears pastries.

Pour oil into a 6-qt. Dutch oven to a depth of 2" and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°. Place 1 dough circle into oil and immediately place a fork in the center of the circle. See the recipe for Pigs' Ears »Anna Stockwell
Place a fork in the center of the circle and twist to form a folded pig's ear. See the recipe for Pigs' Ears »Anna Stockwell
Hold fork in place until pastry begins to brown lightly, and then remove fork, letting pastry fall back into oil. Continue frying, turning once, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes. See the recipe for Pigs' Ears »Anna Stockwell
Remove with tongs, letting excess oil drain into the pot, and then transfer to a wire rack to let cool; repeat with remaining dough circles. See the recipe for Pigs' Ears »Anna Stockwell
Pour syrup into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Place a fried pastry into syrup, tossing gently to coat, and then remove with a fork, letting excess syrup drain into the pot, and transfer back to wire rack. Sprinkle with pecans while syrup is still hot; repeat with remaining pastries, syrup and pecans. See the recipe for Pigs' Ears »Anna Stockwell