Sunday, July 10, 2011

How to make sopapillas

(Photo by Payje www.p-b-photography.com)

Sopapillas are probably one of my favorite things in the world.  Aside from green chile, they are definitely my favorite thing about New Mexico.  This morning was the first time I made them at home, usually we get them at restaurants (that's another great thing about New Mexico, they bring you sopapillas with you meal!).  Anyway, even though this was the first time I made them, they came out PERFECT.  This leads me to believe that this is a foolproof recipe!  Have fun!
What you need:
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 (plus or minus) warm milk
Oil for frying

How to do it:
Preheat your oil to 375-400 degrees (you're supposed to do 400 but our fryer only goes to 375 and that worked fine)
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
Add the softened butter in, I suggest mixing with your hands.  I feel like that way adds a lot more love.
Pour in the milk a little at a time (again mixing with your hands) until the dough forms a mass.
Put your dough ball on a floured board and knead it until it's no longer sticky (about 12-15 times).
Cover the dough ball in plastic wrap and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Cut the dough in half, and roll one half out 1/8 inch thick onto a floured board (leave the other half in the plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out).
Cut excess pieces off to make a large rectangle.  Cut this rectangle to make squares, cut the squares in half to make triangles (size does not really matter, as long as the dough is thin enough).
Drop 2 or 3 pieces at a time in hot oil, dough should start to puff almost immediately.  Turn them over as soon as they puff to let the other side cook too.
Cook until golden brown, then remove from oil and put on a plate with a paper towel to drain excess oil.  Put finished ones in the oven while you repeat this process with the rest of the dough.

Serve with honey, powdered sugar, fruit, chocolate sauce, ice cream, Nutella, really anything in the world that you can think of!

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