As usual I’m totally thrilled to get my ‘assignment’ for the Secret Recipe club especially when I started to poke around Creativekitchenadventures. A mom, wife, prolific blogger and homeschooler, this is one busy lady. Friendly in her writing and always up for a challenge and it’s been a pleasure to get to ‘know’ her.
Denise did an amazing series on the “Homesick Texan Cookbook”, a fair review and a good overview of each part of the book.
What caught my eye was a dessert called; Sopapillas. You just can’t go wrong with fried dough. In Ottawa we make these bigger and call them beavertails. I try not to fry very often but I had to make an exception here-you know, for the good of the SRC 🙂
1 Tbsp or 1 packet of yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading ( used whole wheat since I realized I was almost out of white right after I started)
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp butter, melted
Safflower or coconut oil for frying (I used canola)
For Topping ~
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Honey, to taste
1. The world’s hardest working toddler and I began right after dinner. Combine yeast with warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Then mix the flour, sugar and salt. Add in melted butter to the yeast mixture and then slowly stir the liquid into the flour mixture. Mix until well combined.
2. After dough has risen, and bathtime has happened.
and roll out on a floured surface to a 1/4 inch rectangle.
Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut into 3 inch squares and then cut each square into two triangles.
Now, at this point I got a phone call from a friend. I told her what we were making and she was THRILLED, apparently her best friend from childhood’s mom (sound like the start to an urban legend) used to make these all the time. She did hers in strips and then tied them into knots-alrightly, who am I to stand in the way of a childhood memory?
3. Heat 2 – 3 inches of oil in a medium saucepan to 350 degrees. Fry two triangles at a time for 1 minute on each side (yeah, I cheated and added a lot more).
The dough will puff when it hits the oil. Drain on paper towels
then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve hot with honey (didn’t have a chance to add the honey, scroll down to see why).