Puffy, golden and hollow Sopapillas are perfect for drizzling with honey or stuffing with carne adovada or beans.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: New Mexican
Serves: 10 to 12
- 4 cups sifted flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1⅓ cup warm water
- More vegetable oil for frying (at least 2½ cups)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a regular mixing bowl if making by hand) whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Create a small depression in the center and pour in the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Whisk in the oil. (I use the paddle attachment on my stand mixer.) It will incorporate unevenly into little clumps, this is okay.
- Gently pour in the warm water and knead the dough until it is smooth. It only takes one to two minutes using the dough hook in a stand mixer. If kneading by hand, gently knead in the bowl until the dough sticks together. Place on a lightly floured surface and continue until the dough is smooth.
- Divide the dough in half, and seal each half in a zipper lock bag to rest the dough while you heat the oil for frying.
- Heat frying oil in a stove top dutch oven, or in a heavy duty frying pan, to around 340 to 350 degrees. The oil should be at least 2 inches deep.
- Remove one portion of dough and roll out on a clean, flourless surface. Roll the dough to a thickness of ⅛ inch. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares approximately 4 X 4 for a nice restaurant look. (I personally don’t mind frying up the extra triangles that are left.) Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the rolled out dough. It’s very important the dough stay moist and not dry out, or it won’t puff.
- Gently place an individual square of dough into the hot oil. It should begin to puff up within about 5 seconds. I like to use a large spoon or tongs to carefully splash oil over the top, this really seems to help the sopaipilla puff. Once it’s finished puffing up, fry until it reaches a light golden brown on both sides. Place in a large bowl lined with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining dough. Serve immediately with honey.
Recipe from goldilockskitchen