Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fry Bread Delights!

This fry bread can be sliced like a bun and taco ingredients fitted inside or just pile the ingredients on top without slicing if you don't mind a thick taco!

Indian tacos are so yummy! Add all of your favorite taco fixings!

Hot and fresh fry bread drizzled with butter and powdered sugar (or honey) is a yummy treat!

If you have ever been to the fair, you have probably seen fry bread (which is sometimes called by other names). It is pricey, but delicious! That's why I was thrilled to learn how to make Fry Bread in my teens when I worked in a Deli. Then when I was in college, I took a little class from a Native Chippewa woman who demonstrated her authentic method of doing it. I was hooked and it is SO EASY and SO GOOD! And very frugal to do it yourself! Treat your family and friends to some Indian Tacos or dessert Fry Bread with this recipe:

4 C. Flour
1/4 t. salt
1/4 C. sugar
4 t. baking powder
Blend with a whisk or fork. Make a well in the center of the ingredients and add:
1 C. milk
2 C. warm water

Whisk the liquids in the center of the bowl (in the well) and gradually stir in the dry ingredients from the sides of the bowl. Add more flour as needed to form a dough that can be worked with. Knead with your hands in the bowl a few times and then put a paper towel on top and let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Pinch off lumps a little bigger than a golf ball and flatten them, work them, with your hands to resemble pancakes. Put a little hole in the middle as this helps the center cook better. Fry in hot oil (I poured about 20 oz. of vegetable oil in a regular skillet) until brown on both sides. If your oil is too hot, the bread will turn dark brown after only 20 seconds. Ideally, for the bread to cook well and not be doughy, you want to cook it about a minute or two per side. Flip with tongs and then when the fry bread is a nice golden brown, drain on paper towels.
Serve immediately. Leftovers don't taste nearly as good but they can be frozen for future use or stored in a ziploc bag for a day or two. When sliced in half, you can toast them like bagels or eat them like toast.
This recipe makes quite a bit! I think we got about 16 pieces of fry bread out of it.


the momma said...

Ooh ~ this looks SO good!! (and SO not good for you...)

I'll have to add it to my bulging recipes-to-try notebook.

you feelin' decent these days??

SamAndHisGirls said...

Yum Yum!!!!!!!

Earthmommy said...

Our heritage is Native American and I learned to make fry bread about ten years ago. It's tasty, easy to make and cheap. You can't go wrong!

Ann'Re @ Home said...

We love fry bread! It's a great frugal treat. :D Ann'Re

Monica said...

We just made fry bread for our homeschool presentation on Indians. We added sweet potato to ours. YUM!!

Kate said...

This sounds so good. I think I might have to make this for our Sunday afternoon snack. And since you said leftovers don't taste as good as fresh, we might just have to eat it all! Thanks so much!

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