Monday, April 26, 2010


I love sopapillas (so-pah-pee-yuhs), which are basically Mexican fried puffy pastries sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon, and/or a sweet syrup. They seem more complicated than they really are, and they are easily worth the effort. Yummy.

A half-eaten Sopapilla with agave nectar and powdered sugar!

from Linda McCartney On Tour

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons margarine1
3/4 cup cold water
vegetable oil for deep frying
powdered sugar
agave nectar or maple syrup2
cinnamon (optional)

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Rub in the margarine until crumbly. Work in the water to form a pastry-like dough.

Knead lightly on a floured surface until smooth, then roll it into a circle 1/8 inch thick. Cut it into 8 triangles.

Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a medium saucepan and place over medium to high heat. The oil is read when a cube of bread browns immediately. Deep-fry the dough triangles a few at a time until they puff up and become a light golden color, turning them so that they cook evenly, for about 3-4 minutes. Remove them carefully from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Serve dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon or drizzled with agave nectar.

My preferred products and where you can find them:

1. a. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks- Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Sunflower Farmers Market
b. Earth Balance Vegan Original Natural Buttery Spread- Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Sunflower Farmers Market
2. Madhava Light Agave Nectar- Sprouts, Whole Foods


Anonymous said...

I love sopapillas! Yum.

These look really good. I have never tried to make them myself. Might have to give it a go.

Kenike said...

They are actually really easy! Go for it!