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Sopaipillas

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Makes1 dozen

Cooking Methodfrying

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Courseside dish, snack

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch, snack

Moodadventurous, festive

Taste and Texturechewy, crisp, savory

Type of Dishflatbreads

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
  • Pastry wheel
  • Deep fryer or deep heavy pot

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles the consistency of cornmeal. Gradually blend in 2/3 cup water. Knead the dough on a clean surface for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Roll out each portion of dough into a 1/8-inch thick circle. Using a pastry wheel, cut each circle into quarters. While the dough is resting, heat the oil in a deep heavy pot until it reaches 350°. Working in batches, fry the sopaipillas, turning with a slotted spoon, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until a pale golden color. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

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