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Quick And Easy Fry Bread
Fry bread made simple
Looking for something different. Try this quick and easy fry bread recipe and discover how you can top it with any kind of fixings! These round golden pieces of frybread go great when topped with any rich meat dish, like tacos, bar b q, sloppy joes or pulled pork. You can even wrap them around a hotdog or your favorite brauts and then fry them up! Even better and more mouth watering, is topping them with sugared fruit or simply add honey and powder sugar!
- 4 to 5 cups cooking oil or lard
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 heaping teaspoon double acting baking powder
- 1 level teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups hot water, not boiling (hot tap is fine)
- Using a whisk, mix together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add 1 cup and 1/3 of the hot water into the center of the dry mix and begin to work the flour with your fingers until it forms a ball. You will want dough moist but not sticky so add more hot water or flour, a little at a time, if needed. Once you knead your mixture and it is formed into a soft dough, cover with a wet cloth and let rest for 20 minutes. Caution; do not mix the dough more than 10 minutes or it will result in toughness.
- Just before resting period is done, begin to heat up oil in a large fry skillet. Iron skillets work the best! Use enough oil to fill just over half the pan and no more and heat on medium high to high. If you are a wooden spoon lover, then you have an excellant tool for testing your oil. When you see your oil start to swirl around, stick the opposite end of a wooden spoon into the center of the oil pan. If the spoon handle instantly begins to sizzle then your oil is ready.
- Now that the oil is ready, let's patty out a few pieces! Taking a piece that is a little bigger than a golf ball, roll out into a thin saucer size disc. Be sure to flour your hands and ocassionally flour the board and dough to keep from sticking. Experiment with the sizes you want. This dough cooks well as small pieces to pieces as big as plates! If you make big pieces, then fry one at a time! Quickly and gently lay into the hot grease and have your tongs ready along with a basket lined with paper towels for draining.
- As soon as you see the edges get a golden brown, use the tongs to flip over and crisp up the other side. This usually only takes no more than a minute to a minute and a half, so do not leave your pan! Remove and drain, then top with whatever is licking at those taste buds and serve!
This quick and easy fry bread recipe can be easily divided for smaller serving portions or doubled for bigger parties. You can also keep that frybread warm by placing in a paper towel lined cooler after removing from oil. The cooler makes for easy transport and insulates for hours!
If you are looking for a party pleaser, you can pat out small pieces of frybread and serve with bean or humus dip, just to name a couple tongues tasty toppings! Remember those homemade donuts you use to make as a kid with canned biscut dough? Go ahead, throw the hot frybread into a paper sack with cinnamon and sugar and enjoy with delight your cinnamon critter! If you get real brave, then try adding other herbs to the flour mix, like basil, garlic or even nuts! Go wild and enjoy!
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