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Sopaipillas

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 25 min.

Makes

1 dozen

Light and crispy pastry puffs, sopaipillas are a sweet way to round out a spicy meal. They make a nice winter dessert served warm and topped with honey or sugar. —Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
Sopaipillas Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Optional: Confectioners' sugar and honey

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a loose ball forms (dough will be crumbly).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 3 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Cut into 12 square shapes with a knife or cut into 12 circles using a round biscuit cutter.
  3. In a deep-fat fryer, heat 2 in. oil to 375°. Fry sopaipillas for 1-2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; keep warm. If desired, serve with honey and/or dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 sopaipilla: 57 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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