Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Mexican Sopapillas

Nothing says New Mexican food like sopapillas. When Bonny, the main character in my romance, Land of My Dreams, describes this delight to Kieran, a Scottish sheep farmer, he says, "From the look on your face, it must compare to ambrosia." And to me, it is. Nothing like filling one of these delightful, pillow-like delicacies with honey to top off a meal of enchiladas. Enjoy!

4 cups of flour
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp shortening
1 pkg dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
¼ cup scalded milk

Scald milk and set aside to cool. Combine dry ingredients and cut in the shortening. 

Dissolve yeast in warm water and add to milk, which has cooled to room temperature. 

Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, add liquids, and work into dough. Knead dough 15-20 times and set aside approximately 10 minutes. 

Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness or thinner. Cut in squares or triangles. 

Fry in melted shortening or hot oil at 420 degrees until brown. Fry only a few at a time so oil stays hot. If the oil is hot enough, they will puff almost immediately, resembling golden-brown pillows, hollow on the inside. 

Serve warm. The traditional New Mexican way is to bite off one corner and fill with honey. 

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About Norma: 
A life-long New Mexican, Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, set in Scotland and New Mexico. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.
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  1. Are they kind of like puffed pastry?

  2. Anything you can cover with honey HAS to be good!

  3. Oh my, these sopapillas sounds great after eating Mexican food. I enjoy Mexican food and having something sweet afterwards. Honey is perfect.