I’m not especially big on fried foods, but fried breads are another thing entirely.

While we we in Albuquerque, NM on my road trip, we stopped in at a nice restaurant in the old town area and had lunch. Mine consisted of mostly their delicious Sopaipillas drizzled in honey. In fact, they were so yummy that people kept asking them for their recipe so they actually printed it up and gave it out.

Last night we finally got around to trying it out. It’s actually quite simple, the trick is in rolling them out thin and getting them to puff up just right.

[Recipe after the jump…]

4C Soft Flour
3/4t salt
2t baking powder
1T Shortening
~1C warm Water

Mix the dry ingredients, then mix in the shortening until dissolved. Slowly add the water and knead until smooth (you’ll end up with something close to pie dough, perhaps slightly firmer). Let sit in a bowl covered with a damp cloth for about an hour.

To cook: Heat oil to ~400F [We used Peanut Oil]. Roll out dough to 1/32″ thickness and cut in 3″x4″ rectangles. Place the pieces in the oil and lightly brown each side as you would with doughnuts. If they don’t puff up when you first put them in, the oil isn’t hot enough or they are too thick and need to be rolled thinner. [I found that they puffed better if I submerged them in the oil and held them there an extra few seconds when I first put them in. But that could just be because my fryer only goes up to 375F and they needed more heat.]

Serve with copious amounts of honey.


~ by ghendar on May 2, 2009.

One Response to “Sopaipillas”

  1. o.k. I’m hungry now.

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