• Total: 16 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 pastries (serves 6-8)

Sopapaillas are a type of pastry, and they puff up when you cook them. If you are not familiar with rolling out dough for pastries it may take some practice, but it is well worth it. Traditionally sopapaillas are served with honey for dipping.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • oil or shortening for frying

How to Make It

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, or two sharp knives, cut the shortening into the flour until it resembles course meal.

Gradually add in the warm water and mix until a dough forms. Use your hands to knead the dough for 1 minute and then cover and set aside for about 45 minutes.

Separate the dough into 2 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape about 1/8 of an inch thick.

Cut into 3-4 inch squares.

Fry in hot oil until brown on each side. If oil is the correct heat, the dough should puff up within a few seconds. Place on a paper towel covered plate.

Serve warm with honey for dipping or toss in a cinnamon sugar mixture.