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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Family Memories & Sopaipillas


My niece has been visiting me this week to help me attempt to get the house under control before Aidan starts Kindergarten next week. As if his starting Kindergarten isn't crazy enough, the past week has been one mishap after another. In no particular order I have had a camera mishap, a car mishap, another car mishap for the Hubs, crazy long lines at a museum with hundreds of other nutso parents trying to save a few bucks, several headaches (all not helped by any and all of the above), Aidan's dentist cleaning and a (twice) rescheduled appointment to deal with his first cavities, add to this that we are still not ready for school and that registration that "should only take a few minutes" actually took about 1 hour 15 minutes - oh, and for good measure, Cole just bit my arm. Again. Hard.

Whine, whine, whine.

Overall life is good, but I find that I have zero tolerance to the day to day crappiness and stupidity and mishaps. Why do I bring this up? Well, life isn't all sunshine and roses, and often isn't either one much at all, but I am trying to make a conscious effort to focus more on the good than the bad (not that you could tell from the rant above! hahaha).

So, while my niece has been visiting (which incidentally came immediately on the heels of my best friend's visit with her four active kiddos - more about that later) we have made several things she requested (more to come).

First among them however was her question to me "do you know how to make sopaipillas"?


Actually, I have made them before, but it has been a while and the version I made in the past was not something I particularly liked (too tough). So, I turned to my favorite trusted Food Blog Search and decided to see what was out there in the blogoverse for me. It just so happened that MattBites had a great looking recipe along with some lovely memories of his grandmother. It seemed a given to me that since I too was creating memories with family that this was the recipe to try.

These sopaipillas were soft and pillowy and simple to make - as suggested we served them with cinnamon sugar and honey, just like I remember eating them back home in our favorite restaurants.

As for the rest of this week - well, if we can all continue to stay intact and mostly healthy, I'll call it a success too.

(Adapted from Taste of Home via MattBites)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
2/3 cup water

oil for frying
cinnamon & sugar

Combine the dry ingredients and then cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until mixture holds together. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. star cookie cutter or into 2-1/2-in. triangles. In an electric skillet or deep fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry sopaipillas for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and puffed. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and serve immediately with honey. Yields 1 dozen.


Lori said...

My last couple of weeks have been like that, too. I keep trying to remind myself that better days are surely ahead; maybe if I keep saying it, I'll believe it. :) These look so wonderful, and remind me of my childhood in Texas. I'm glad you posted a great recipe, thank you!

Aran said...

i remember having these at a local joint in colorado springs... they were amazing... i might have to try your recipe holly.

Manggy said...

Omigosh! Why would Cole just bite your arm?! Gosh, I hope things lighten up in the next few days, Holly :)

he sopaipillas (never heard of them before) look really good! I think I'll cook some apples alongside them ;)

Deborah said...

So sorry it's been such a crazy week! Hopefully things will settle down soon.

I grew up in New Mexico, and every Mexican restaurant would serve sopaipillas after the meal and it was always my favorite part. These look delicious!

Tartelette said...

These look like they would last 2 seconds in my house! Love it!

Peabody said...

Mmm, I haven't had a good sopaipilla since I left Arizona. Now I want one!!!

Erin said...

These look great! I've never had one, but I really want to after seeing this post!

Grace said...

fried cinnamon-sugar-covered dough will take the worst day and turn it into the best. man, i love these things. :) hope they did the trick for you!

Ron Merlin said...

Great photos.....Now all I want is some of these.

Prudy said...

Hang in there. Everything ebbs and flows. I love sopapillas. In Chile they make them with pumpkin the batter and a brown sugar syrup and those are great too, but I love the classic ones with honey. Your ice cream looks so good. I can't believe I forgot to look at it on Tuesday!

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