Sopaipillas are simple fried pastries sweetened with cinnamon and sugar then drizzled in honey.
It seems almost every culture has their own take on fried dough: doughnuts, beignets, fry bread, churros, krebli, loukoumades, makhan bada, youtiao, zeppoles,
All of the recipes are pretty similar. Start by mixing some simple ingredients (flour, fat, leavener) and cook it in hot oil for a few minutes until crispier outside and fluffy inside.
Sopaipillas are popular throughout the Americas in Spanish speaking countries. They whip up quickly and make a great compliment to a spicy meal.
I have seen quite a few pictures of round sopaipillas instead of square. I was not in the mood to cut out circles, reroll the dough and cut out more circles, etc. That and my 3" biscuit cutter has gone missing.
Simple squares were just fine, thank you very much.
Make them as an appetizer by sprinkling with some seasoned salt and cheese instead of the cinnamon sugar and honey.
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- 1 ¾ cup sifted flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons shortening (softened)
- ⅔ cup cold water
- cinnamon sugar
- honey for serving
- Preheat oven to 200°.
- Sift dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Sprinkle water over mixture, tossing lightly with a fork until dough just holds together. Turn onto floured board and knead until smooth. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
- Roll out into rectangle about 12 by 15 inches, no more than ⅛ inch thick. Cut into 3 inch squares.
- Drop squares a few at a time into deep fat at 365°. Fry until golden brown (about 3 to 4 minutes) turning often to make the puff evenly.
- Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still hot. Keep warm in oven until all are cooked.
- Drizzle with honey just before serving.
- These can be made ahead of time and reheated in a 350° oven until warm.
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Until next time, happy eating!