sopapillas

Sopaipillas are little pillow-shaped pastries. They may be served plain as a bread, or as suggested here, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar as a dessert. Sometimes they are topped with syrup.

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
2/3 – 3/4 cup cold water
Oil or shortening for deep frying, heated to 365F
Cinnamon sugar

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water over top and work in gradually until dough will just hold together (as for pie pastry). Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently about 30 seconds. Roll out as thin as possible. Cut into 2-inch squares. Fry one or two at a time in heated fat, turning until puffed and golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still hot.

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