2 cupsall-purpose flour
2 tspbaking powder
2 Tbspgranulated sugar
1 tspvanilla extract
2 Tbspvegetable shortening
3/4 cupwarm water (plus more, as needed)
2 - 3 cupspeanut oil, for frying
·cinnamon, sugar, or honey (for serving)
·whipped cream (optional)
·strawberry sauce (optional)
How to Make Sopapillas
- Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla, shortening and water to make a soft dough. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough feels too dry. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour or until firm (which makes it easier to roll and cut.
- Unwrap dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough in half, and roll (with a floured rolling pin) each piece of dough into a circle at 1/4-inch thickness. Cut the dough into triangles (as you would slice a pie). You should have 6 or 8 triangles per circle.
- Heat 2-inches of oil to 350° in a heavy skillet or deep saucepan over medium-high heat. (Increase temperature to 375° if you prefer a crispier sopapillas.)
- Fry a few of the sopapillas at a time, making sure to maintain the oil temperature. When the sopapillas puff up and float to the surface, turn them over to fry the other side, about 2 minutes each side. Carefully remove the sopapillas from the oil and drain on double layer of paper towels, and let cool slightly.
- Serve warm, sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar or honey on top.
Serving Option: If desired, let sopapillas cool, then pipe whipped cream in the center of each sopapilla triangle, and use a spoon to drizzle a bit of strawberry sauce over the whipped cream.