Sopapillas ~ Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-off Series

Last Wednesday another big storm rolled in, and as the rain came down it really did seem the perfect setting for rolling out these pillowy pockets of dough. I’ve never had sopapillas, and naturally my girls were excited that I was making a dessert from the new Homesick Texan cookbook. I’ve had so much fun cooking my way through her book!

These were easy to whip up and set aside to rise for an hour, so I’d done that part in the morning. Now all I had left to do was heat 2 inches of oil in a medium saucepan, roll them, cut them and drop them in. Lisa mentioned that they’d puff up upon hitting the hot oil, and though I’ve had plenty of practice working with yeast, I’m always surprised when things go my way. So when they puffed up, I got excited and called the girls over to see. Cool!!

These puffs of fried dough aren’t overly sweet since you’re only using a tablespoon of sugar in the whole recipe, so any sweetness you have will come through in the toppings. We tried the traditional cinnamon sugar and honey which was incredible. I also thought a lime glaze would be perfect, so I mixed up that as well. And the next day with leftovers, I made a traditional white glaze with powdered sugar and milk which made them a bit like glazed doughnut holes. The variations are endless!

If you’re looking for something easy to mix up, roll out and cut out with the kids, this recipe is a winner! The puffing up and quick cooking time will definitely score you points. I recommend eating them hot as they literally melt in your mouth!

Sopapillas ~ Makes about 24 
     slightly adapted from The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain

1 Tbsp or 1 packet of yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp butter, melted
Safflower or coconut oil for frying

For Topping ~
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Honey, to taste

1. Combine yeast with warm water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Then mix the flour, sugar and salt. Add in melted butter to the yeast mixture and then slowly stir the liquid into the flour mixture. Mix until well combined. Knead the dough for 2 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or till dough is doubled in size.

2. After dough has risen, punch down and roll out on a floured surface to a 1/4 inch rectangle. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut into 3 inch squares and then cut each square into two triangles.

3. Heat 2 – 3 inches of oil in a medium saucepan to 350 degrees. Fry two triangles at a time for 1 minute on each side. The dough will puff when it hits the oil. Drain on paper towels then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve hot with honey.

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This post is part of The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef

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16 Responses to Sopapillas ~ Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-off Series

  1. Katrina says:

    Mmm, here in Utah we call them scones, but scones or sopapillas–we love them. I just posted some a couple months ago.
    http://www.bakingandboys.com/2011/06/deep-fried-scones-sopapillas.html
    Love your perfectly cut triangles. We just do blobs. 😉
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  2. Alison Lewis says:

    wow I can’t wait to try these!!
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  3. Yum! Those look delicious!
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  4. Angela FRS says:

    I looooove sopapillas. Have never tried making them, so this is inspiring.
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  5. Fuji Mama says:

    I LOVE sopapillas but haven’t made them in forever. These look amazing!! I’m adding it to my “to make” list.
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  6. Mmmm…I can just imagine how good they taste all warm and fresh out of the pan!
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  7. These sound so delicious! Love the different glazes you tried with them.
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  8. Miz Helen says:

    All my Sopapillas are gone, can I please have some of yours they look delicious! Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen
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  9. Your sopapillas look fantastic! My kids loved them, as well 🙂
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  10. You talking about them puffing up when they hit the oil makes my mouth water!
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  11. These look delicious!! I need to buy her cookbook. I know she did us Texans proud. 🙂
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  12. Viveca says:

    Those look really good. I bet the girls love them!

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These look really delicious! I wanted to make them but ran out of time…sigh.

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