Mexican Sopaipillas

This is a delicious puff pastry dessert that is sometimes served drizzled with honey or served as an accompaniment with soups.

Yield: Makes: 12- 6 inch tortillas
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2 cups all-purpose flour|
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
3/4 cup warm water
oil for deep frying


Honey, cinnamon, crema or creme fraiche.
1 cup warm water


Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Use your fingers and rub in the shortening until the mixture is the size of fine bread crumbs. Gradually add just enough water until the dough begins to form. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow it to rest for one hour.

Work with half of the dough at a time and roll out into a square keeping it as even and thin as possible. If you have not made pastry before this may take some practice. Just have fun with it! Cut the dough into 3" squares. Complete with the 2nd piece of dough.

Heat oil for deep frying to 375 degrees. Add a few pastry squares at a time and use tongs to push the pastry into the oil. Cook until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Remove them from the oil and place on a plate with paper toweling and allow to drain.

To serve, place on a plate and drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve creme fraiche or heavy cream on the side.
Posted: 9/13/2009 7:25:57 PM

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