Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Since the kids are home for the summer, and constantly at the pantry. I decided to make them a special treat. I was searching for a quick easy dish to make. I decided to try Sopaillas, which are very similar to New Orleans classic beignets. They are much smaller than beignets, but the taste is very much the same.

In my preparation I forgot to take a picture of the dough, but here is the recipe. 

1 cup all-purpose flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon shortening, margarine, or butter
Shortening or cooking oil for the deep frying
Sifted powdered sugar or honey
Oven 300 degrees optional

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, and dash of salt. Cut in shortening, butter, or margarine till mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gradually add 1/3 cup warm water, stirring with a fork (dough will be crumbly). On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 3 to 5 minutes or till smooth. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Roll dough into a 12 1/2 x 10 inch rectangle. Using a fluted pastry wheel or knife out into  2 1/2 inches squares (do not reroll or patch)

Fry squares, two or three at a time, in deep hot oil about 30 seconds on each side or till golden. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a 300 degree oven while frying remaining squares (optional). Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with honey if you wish. Makes about 20.

The winner of my patriotic art block is Kim. Happy July 4th!


sammysgrammy said...

We make a similar Italian sweet - fried dough - we call it quandi (pronounced - wahn-dee). Some call them fried bow knots because we cut the dough in ribbons, tie in a knot, then fry. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Probably every ethnos has a similar sweet.

Rebecca Tomb said...

they look delicious!

bananaorangeapple said...

These look delicious!

Kim said...

Sopaipillas are a traditional dessert here in New Mexico!! :) Wen I first moved here 6 years ago I will be honest . .I had NO idea what they were. We went out to dinner at a traditional "New Mexican" restaurant and they served us a basket of sopaipillas and we had no idea what to do with them . . .lol In New Mexico you eat them with honey. I have to say I thin your recipe looks so much easier then any I've used. I have bookmarked it to try:)

OOOOOOOHHHHH!! Did I see that I won your giveaway??? YAY!!! Your patriotic bird will hang proudly on my patriotic wall!! Thank you Mechelle:)

Luella Newkirk said...

Those look yummy!