The Best Sopapillas

The Best Sopapillas

Sopapillas are a type of fried pastry typically served as a dessert in Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern cuisine. They are made of a dough containing flour, baking powder, salt, and water, which is rolled into thin circles and then deep-fried until puffed and golden-brown. Sopapillas are often served warm, drizzled with honey or syrup, and sometimes sprinkled with cinnamon or powdered sugar. They can also be filled with savory ingredients like cheese or meat, making them a popular snack or appetizer in some regions.

The Best Sopapillas

Recipe by Recipe CookCourse: Dinner, Lunch, DessertDifficulty: Beginner


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  • 3 cups bread flour

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. oil

  • 1 cup warm water

  • cooking oil or shortening


  • Combine ingredients, adding water until a dough ball forms. Knead dough for 4-5 minutes. Let dough stand for 15 minutes. Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness on floured surface.
  • Fry in hot oil (at least 1/2 inch deep)- take the necessary safety precautions when frying with hot oil- do not allow oil to smoke. Oil must be hot enough for sopapillas to puff up when put in oil.
  • Fry until lightly golden brown on both sides. Place sopapillas on absorbent towel paper on a plate when done frying each sopapillas. Serve with butter and honey.