Serve these sopapillas as a dessert or quick bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and dip in honey!
This fried bread becomes puff up and is eaten hot and once you know how it done you will serve them again and again. Ready to learn how to make sopapillas? Let’s get started!
Who doesn’t like fried food? We know it isn’t too healthy but oh it tastes so good and when you try these sopapillas you will have a new favorite.
What are sopapillas?
Sopapillas are also known as sopaipilla, sopaipa, and cachanga and are fried pastry dough. It originates from Spain and is popular in countries that have a Spanish heritage.
There are a number of ways these are made. You can find sopaipilla square in the shape of a pillow, circular or in the shape of a triangle.
In this recipe, they are first made in a circle then cut into a triangle.
You can serve them as a dessert or snack which is what we will be doing. There are even countries that serve them alongside the main dish.
To make this sopapillas recipe you need a number of ingredients. Take a look at the ingredients below to see what you need:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
How to make sopapillas
This is the easiest recipe for sopapillas. To make this recipe you can make the dough by hand or in a kitchen machine.
I recommend a kitchen machine as it is super fast. Add all the dry ingredients in the kitchen machine and pulse a couple of times to combine.
Add the butter to the kitchen machine and let it run so you will get course dough. Now add the milk and water.
Run the kitchen machine again and you will see the ingredients turn into a soft dough. Take it out of the kitchen machine and knead it by hand shortly.
Cut the dough in half and shape into a ball. Put on and put half of the dough on a lightly floured board. Roll with a rolling pin into a round shape an 1/2 inch thick.
Cut the dough circle through the middle and then into 4 triangles or wedges so you will yield 8 wedges from one circle.
Repeat for the second piece of dough so you have 16 triangles. Preheat a big pot with vegetable oil and fill it with about 1/3 of oil.
Heat to 375℉ and fry 2 to 3 sopapilla at a time until golden brown. This will take 2-3 minutes. Turn the sopapilla and fry the other side. It will take about 1 minute.
Take the sopapillas out of the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
Cool slightly while you combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the sopapillas with the cinnamon sugar or drizzle them with honey.
Your sopapillas dessert is ready to serve.
Can you make sopapillas from tortillas?
In fact, you can! As the base of the sopapillas is similar to a tortilla you can make these fried pastries from tortillas.
They will be less doughy but that is no problem. When you take small soft tortillas cut them in triangles. You can yield 4-6 wedges from a small tortilla.
Fill a skillet or small pot with about 1-2 inches of oil and then you can follow the instructions.
Tortillas puff up when heated. This will go faster than with the dough version so stay close and turn the tortillas regularly.
Can you make sopapillas vegan?
The answer is yes and it is actually quite easy to make vegan sopapillas. As this recipe contains milk and butter you can easily substitute.
These regular dairy products can be stituted for:
- Dairy-free milk
- Almond milk
- Soy milk
- Rice milk
- Dairy free butter
- Coconut butter
Keep following the recipe as described below and change for one of these products.
Other fried recipes
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Looking for delicious sopapillas? Try these fried pastries that you can serve as dessert or a sweet snack. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or dip in honey!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tablespoon real butter
- ½ cup of water
- ¼ cup milk
- 1½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Add all the dry ingredients in a kitchen machine and pulse
- Then add the butter and run the kitchen machine until you get a coarse dough
- Now add the milk and water and run the kitchen machine. In a matter of seconds, you get a soft dough
- Take the dough out of the kitchen machine. Knead by hand for a couple of seconds
- Cut the dough in half and put half of the dough on a lightly floured board. Roll with a rolling pin into a circle
- Cut the circle through the middle and then into 4 triangles. Repeat for the second piece of dough. You will yield 16 wedges
- Preheat a big pot to 375℉ with vegetable oil, filled about ⅓ of the pot
- Fry 2-3 sopapillas at a time until golden brown for about 2-3 minutes. Turn the sopapilla and fry the other side. This will take about 1 minute
- Take the sopapillas from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel
- Cool slightly while you combine the cinnamon and sugar
- Sprinkle the sopapillas with the cinnamon sugar or drizzle with honey
Use the milk at room temperature
Calories: 101; Fat: 4.2g; Carbs: 14.2g; Protein: 1.8g;