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There are several ways to serve sopapillas. Whether you prefer to eat them with honey, a dusting of sugar and cinnamon, or with ice cream on top, the recipe below will give you a good start to the perfect ending to a festive Mexican food meal. My family enjoys eating them with a drizzle of honey, which I enjoy, too, but I much prefer to roll them in a sugar and cinnamon mixture while they are still hot from the oil.
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 1 tbsp. aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tablespoons lard, shortening, or butter
- 3/4 cup water
- oil, lard, or shortening for deep frying
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. With your fingers, mix in the lard, shortening, or butter until mixture resembles course breadcrumbs. Slowly stir in water, while using a fork to stir mixture until it clumps together and forms a soft dough.
- Shape dough into a ball and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Roll out into a very thin rectangle about 15X18 inches. Cut the dough into 3 inch squares with a sharp knife.
- Heat oil to 375 degrees F. Fry the puffs three or four at a time, depending on the size of the pan. As they brown and begin to puff, turn over and cook the other side. Remove the puffs with a slotted spoon and drain sopapillas on paper towels. Serve warm with honey, or roll in a mixture of 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon.
I hope you enjoy this traditional Mexican recipe.
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