Sopaipillas (puffy fried bread)

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pack Active dry yeast
¼ cup Warm water; (about 110 degrees F.)
1½ cup Milk
3 tablespoons Lard or vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 cup Whole wheat flour
\N \N About 4 cups all-purpose flour
\N \N Salad oil
\N \N Powdered sugar
\N \N Honey
\N 2 dozen sopaipillas.

These airy pillows of fried bread have become an institution in New Mexico.

Serve warm with honey.

In a large bowl, stir yeast into warm water and let stand until softened (about 5 minutes).

In a 1-½- to 2-quart pan, combine milk, lard, salt and sugar; heat over low heat to 110 degrees F. and stir into yeast mixture. Beat in whole wheat flour and 3 cups of the all-purpose flour until dough is stretchy. Knead on a lightly floured board until dough is smooth sand satiny, adding more all-purpose flour as needed. Place in a greased bowl; turn to grease top.

Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled (about 1 hour).

Punch dough down; knead briefly. On a lightly floured board, roll dough, a quarter at a time, into rectangles about ⅛ inch thick. Cut each rectangle into 6 equal pieces; place in lightly floured pans and cover with plastic wrap.

Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a deep 3- to 4-quart pan and heat to 350 degrees F. on a deep-frying thermometer. Add dough, 2 or 3 pieces at a time, and cook, turning and gently pushing bubbly portion into hot oil to help sopaipilla puff evenly, until golden (1 to 2 minutes total). Drain on paper towels. Dust warm sopaipillas with powdered sugar.

If made ahead, let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days; freeze for longer storage. To reheat, thaw if frozen. Arrange on baking sheets and bake in a 300 degree oven, turning once, until warm (5 to 8 minutes). Makes Posted to recipelu-digest by LSHW <shusky@...> on Feb 15, 1998

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