Family Fry Bread

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Each tribe has their own recipe for fry bread. This is a recipe that I came across as a teenage girl while staying at my great-grandma's house. Grandma was Native American, and I found that this recipe creates a delicious fry bread for Indian tacos. Fry bread is commonly used for making Indian tacos, but is also good with honey butter or cinnamon-sugar and butter for a dessert. Warm milk can be substituted for the water.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 .6-ounce breads

Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ cups warm water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • 2 cups oil for frying, or as needed

Directions

  1. Whisk 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.

  2. Whisk water and butter together in a separate bowl; pour into flour mixture and stir until mixture comes together to form a ball and is slightly sticky and elastic. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Cover bowl with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in 1/4 cup flour, if necessary. Shape into 10 balls.

  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Roll each dough ball out on a lightly floured surface into an 8-inch round.

  6. Place each round into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove fry bread to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining dough rounds.

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 will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Cook's Note:

If the dough is too dry add more warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together.

I like to weigh my dough out and divide it to make equal proportioned fry bread. Original instructions say to shape fry bread by simply tossing it back and forth between lightly floured hands. The serving size is approximate; you may have more or less depending on size of fry bread you make. I use a cast-iron skillet, as it distributes heat more evenly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 367mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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