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South of the border they call these fried pastry squares sopaipillas. In my kitchen, my grandchildren call them their favorite crunchy after-school snack!

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup honey

What to Do

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 2 cups flour, the shortening, baking powder, and salt; mix with a spoon until crumbly. Slowly add the water and stir until the mixture comes away from the sides of the bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Sprinkle a large cutting board with the remaining 1/4 cup flour and roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch squares.

  3. In a large soup pot or a deep fryer, heat 1 inch of oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Fry the dough squares in the hot oil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the dough is puffy and golden, turning halfway through the cooking. Be careful: the oil is very hot. Drain on paper towels, then stack on a plate and drizzle with honey.

    Makes about 4 dozen.


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Instead of drizzling with honey, they taste great sprinkling to taste with sugar and cinnamon. Do that before stacking on a plate. I do it while they are draining.

Also great with powdered sugar. Have not tried these but make my own.


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