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Real Sopapillas


45 min

Real Sopapillas

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45 min


24 persons




4.00 rating-star (313)

Author: Victoria Bailey
Sopapillas for any occasion. Serve hot with honey, or your own tostados recipe.


  • all-purpose flour: 4 cups
  • shortening: 4 Tbsp
  • baking powder: 2 tsp
  • salt: 1 tsp
  • warm water: 1.5 cups
  • oil for frying: 2 quarts

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Stages of cooking

  1. Stir together flour, shortening, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in water; mix until dough is smooth. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
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  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
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  3. Roll dough out on a floured board until 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into 3-inch squares.
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  4. Fry dough squares in the preheated oil until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
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History of the Real Sopapillas:

Sopapillas, a traditional Mexican dessert or snack, have a rich history that dates back to pre-Hispanic times. The dough, made from wheat flour, is believed to have originated with the Taos Pueblo Native American tribe, and later influenced by Spanish cuisine. The word "sopapilla" comes from the Spanish word "sopar," meaning to "soak up," as the dough soaks up honey or other sauces that are frequently poured over it. Today, sopapillas are enjoyed throughout the American Southwest, served in both sweet and savory dishes.

Tips and Tricks for Real Sopapillas Recipe:

-Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut in the shortening for best results. -Make sure the water is warm enough to activate the baking powder and salt. -Don't over-knead the dough or it will become tough. -The thinner you roll out the dough, the crispier the sopapillas will be. -For a sweeter sopapilla, add a bit of sugar to the dough mixture.

Tips for presenting the dish:

Sopapillas are typically served hot and sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. Traditionally, they are drizzled with honey but can be accompanied by a variety of sauces, such as chocolate or caramel. They are often served with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent touch. For a savory twist, serve sopapillas with spicy chili or as a side to tacos or enchiladas. No matter how you choose to serve them, sopapillas are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any occasion!

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