New Mexican Sopaipillas Recipe
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Serves: 5
  • 2 cups Flour (sifted)
  • ½ tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a regular mixing bowl if making by hand) whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together.
  2. Create a small depression in the center and pour in the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  3. Whisk in the oil.
  4. Gently pour in the warm water and knead the dough until it is smooth.
  5. It only takes one to two minutes using the dough hook in a stand mixer.
  6. If kneading by hand, gently knead in the bowl until the dough sticks together.
  7. Place on a lightly floured surface and continue until the dough is smooth.
  8. Divide the dough in half, and seal each half in a zipper lock bag to rest the dough while you heat the oil for frying.
  9. Heat frying oil in a stove top dutch oven, or in a heavy-duty frying pan, to around 340 to 350 degrees.
  10. The oil should be at least 2 inches deep.
  11. Remove one portion of dough and roll out on a clean, flourless surface.
  12. Roll the dough to a thickness of ⅛ inch.
  13. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares approximately 4 X 4 for a nice restaurant look.
  14. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the rolled out dough.
  15. It's very important the dough stay moist and not dry out.
  16. Gently place an individual square of dough into the hot oil.
  17. It should begin to puff up within about 5 seconds.
  18. Carefully splash oil over the top, this really seems to help the sopaipilla puff.
  19. Once it's finished puffing up, fry until it reaches a light golden brown on both sides.
  20. Place in a large bowl lined with paper towels.
  21. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  22. Serve immediately with honey.
Recipe by Mom's Mexican Recipes at