Boy how I LOVE this woman's cooking!! I'm so glad she let's me share them with you all!:) There are so many things you could do with these! Tony wants to open up a sopapilla restaurant and just serve different kinds of sopapillas for every meal! For breakfast you could stuff it with eggs, fried potatoes and then drench in Green Chilie sauce, he's thinking of doing an Italian sopapilla, and dessert sopapillas...his mind was going CrAzY!!:) Anyway, back to the recipe...
6 cups flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 heaping Tablespoon shortening\
1 cup scalded milk
about 1 cup water
Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the shortening and mix together with your hand until incorporated with flour. Make a "well" in your bowl and pour in the milk and water. Using your hand again, mix liquid with flour mixture. The dough should be just a little sticky...if it's is too sticky add a little more flour, if the dough just isn't coming together add some more water. Then knead with hands for a couple of minutes.
Divide dough into balls about the size of a raquetball. Cover dough with towel until ready to fry. Heat oil in a fryer or in a cast iron pan on the stove. (You will know the oil is hot enough if when you put a small amount of dough in there it immediately rises to the surface...fun little fact I learned from Nancy!:))
Take one of the balls of dough and roll into a circle...about 1/8" thick or so. Use a pizza cutter to cut into quarters and then place in the oil until both sides are browned...don't over fry them. This only takes a few seconds on each side.
When they are done you can "open" them up and stuff them with whatever you'd like. Last night we stuffed them with fried potatoes and then covered them with the Green Chilie sauce. (That's what the picture above is!) They were sooooo yummy!!
Another yummy way to do it (which the kids LOVED!) is to make some a little smaller (cut into 8th's instead of quarters) and then once they've cooled a little put them in a bag with some powdered sugar and shake. These were scrumptious!!