Sopapillas (from scratch)

These are heavenly, and definitely worth the trouble.
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon shortening, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil
  • sifted confectioners' sugar
  • sugar
  • honey
  • ground cinnamon
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl, and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in melted shortening and sugar. Combine flour and salt. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the yeast mixture, and mix well.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 2 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°F.), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2-1/2-inch squares.

Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven. Heat oil to 375°F. Fry a few sopapillas at a time in the hot oil, lightly pressing down on them with the back of a fork, until the dough starts to puff. Release pressure, and continue frying until golden brown, turning once; drain.

Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar or cinnamon sugar and serve hot, with honey.

Makes about 24 pieces.

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Note: See, also, Sopapillas (not quite from Scratch).
Kitchen tools you'll need: Dutch Oven, Mixing Bowls
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