- In a bowl, combine the water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let rest for 5 minutes.
- In another bowl, combine the flour and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the yeast mixture, mixing vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes. Place the dough in a clean, lightly oiled bowl. Let rest in a warm, humid place until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat the oil in a deep fryer to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
- On a floured work surface, cut the dough into 4 pieces. With floured fingers, stretch each piece into a rectangle about 8 x 5 inches (20 x 12.5 cm). Slip 1 rectangle of dough into the oil, ensuring it does not fold over onto itself, using tongs if needed. Watch out for splattering. Fry for 1 minute per side. Drain on the paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon maple sugar or spread with maple butter, if desired. Serve immediately.
For the yeast to be effective, it must not be too hot or too cold. The ideal temperature is 115°F (45°C).
A microwave oven is the perfect place to let the dough rise. Place a cup of boiling water next to the dough to create a warm, moist environment.