This is a classic fried dessert bread of Mexico. They're great hot out of the fryer and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Ellin

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
32 sopapillas
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 8 cups shortening in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in 2 tablespoons shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in water just until dough pulls together. Divide dough into 4 pieces and form each piece into a ball. Roll the balls into 8 inch diameter circles. Cut each one into 8 wedges. In a large bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.

  • Fry the wedges until they puff up and turn light brown. Drain briefly, roll in the cinnamon sugar and serve hot.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

251 calories; protein 3.2g 7% DV; carbohydrates 30.6g 10% DV; fat 12.9g 20% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 381.7mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2004
I made these the other day and they turned out great. I hate to see how a person such as "kmmishler" down there can mess up the rating for this. I also suppose her entire family has gone into cardiac arrest after eating all of the fat that she is supposed to be FRYING FOOD IN and NOT mixing it in the dough. (along w/ the 7 and counting that considered her helpful) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
Need to verify ingredients. Hard to believe it takes 8 cups of shortening to make 32 Sopapillas! Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2004
I made these the other day and they turned out great. I hate to see how a person such as "kmmishler" down there can mess up the rating for this. I also suppose her entire family has gone into cardiac arrest after eating all of the fat that she is supposed to be FRYING FOOD IN and NOT mixing it in the dough. (along w/ the 7 and counting that considered her helpful) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
The 8 cups of shortening are for frying. Only 2 tablespoons actually go into the sopapillas. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
Need to verify ingredients. Hard to believe it takes 8 cups of shortening to make 32 Sopapillas! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Tried the recipe with both honey and the cinnamon sugar. Both myself and the kids preferred the cinnamon sugar. The recipe gave us a different type of dessert. The dough was easy to work with and quick to fry. Very delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I have not made this recipe as yet but have had these in resturants and love them especiaslly with honey. Can't wait to make them myself. BJ Edwards Chaparral N.M. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
WOW! I made these as a snack for my 5 year old and I tonight so I cut the recipe in half and we still didn't finish them. Not eating them up has nothing to do with taste however. These are fantastic! I will definately have to make these up next time I have company. They are so easy to make and so good! I will without a doubt be making these again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Made these for the 1st time at a party recently and they flew off the plate - wonderful fresh and hot and it was so incredibly easy!! I did have to add some extra water to make it dough-y enough - but you can tell how much water you need as you go along. Go by feel. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
My kids loved these although they would probably eat their vegetables if I coated them in enough cinnamon sugar. My Mexican MIL got a good laugh out of them however. Maybe I added too much water or my oil was too hot but the texture was not very appealing. I will probably try them again before I swallow my pride and get her recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2005
Melt in your mouth! Easy too. We all just loved them. Read More
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