$5 Dessert: Sopapillas
- Prep Time 0:25
- Cook Time 0:05
- Estimated Cost $4.00
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Though not of Mexican origin, the sopapilla is a delicious, easy dessert that goes nicely with Latin American fare. If you have a deep fryer, use that to make these. If not, shallow-frying them in a heavy pot or frying pan will do just fine. I like to serve these hot with cinnamon coffee.
- 2 cups flour Pantry
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder Pantry
- 1/2 packet yeast $1.50
- 1 teaspoon salt Pantry
- 1 tbsp sugar Pantry
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter $1 for a stick
- 3/4 cup warm water
- vegetable oil Pantry
- powdered sugar for dusting $1.50
- In a small bowl, combine water and yeast. Carefully stir in sugar and allow to activate yeast, about 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Slowly stir in yeast-water mixture until a soft dough forms. Knead until smooth.
- Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
- Roll dough out on a floured board to about 1/4" thick. Use a knife to cut the dough into 3" squares.
- Heat about 1" oil in a deep pot or frying pan. Fry dough a few pieces at a time, turning over as needed to allow the _sopapillas_ to cook evenly. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar or and serve hot with honey. Makes about 20 sopapillas.