Navajo Fry Bread

Total Time:
25 min
10 min
15 min

12 fried breads, 6 to 12 servings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 6 cups vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, as optional topping
  • 1 cup honey, as optional topping

In the bowl of a food processor, mix the dry ingredients. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the oil and the water, and process until smooth. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until the dough is just elastic and comes together, being careful not to over work. Shape the dough into a ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Flatten each piece and roll into a 7-inch circle, making as thin as possible. Poke a hole in the center with the handle of a wooden spoon or your finger.

In a large saute pan or deep fryer, heat the 6 cups of oil to 360 degrees F. Slip the rounds 1 at a time into the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes, turning once with a long-handled spoon. Drain on paper towels and repeat with the remaining dough.

Sprinkle the fried bread with powdered sugar and drizzle with honey, as desired, and serve.

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    I made these for my daughters 5th grade class. They are studying Indians and she needed to make something for extra credit. Sure was a hit with the class. thanks for this easy recipe and tasty.
    Made it just last night for Sunday dinner with family.We put Chile,cheese,lettuce,onions&roasted chiles with salsa on them.The fry bread was a very good base to build it all up on.As you can see in the recipe there is not much to it for the bread but you do have to put bit of work int making it. I think next time I will add some corn meal or even some toasted ground pine nuts to it.
    I'm navajo so i of course i love this and FINALLY someone who actually makes it the way its SUPPOSED to be made(no milk or any other ingredients its not authentic if you do) minus the veg. oil we use crisco it frys it better and thats what your looking for we actually clap it out because the rolling pin just makes it hard and too think we stretch it out in the palm of our hand.
    I made this twice this week and it was a hit, just adjusted the recipe a bit by reducing the amount of salt to 1/2 teaspoon and added about 2 Tbl spoons of powered milk. I served with roasted vegetables, onions, chicken and lettuce.
    I love fried bread and hate waiting for the fair to get it, I did not wait the hour the recipe said and I knead the bread for 5 minutes.. rather than that it came out the same and I love this stuff, I serve it with ranch style beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sourcream.. makes a great dinner!!
    we see alot of fry bread where I am and this is a different take but good.
    This recipe was easy and delicious! It's great with honey butter on top or with beans or chili.
    this is the best fry bread ever
    I used this recipe to create the Cheesecake Factory sandwich called Navajo Sandwich with grilled chik, avocado, L/T/Mayo, and it turned out perfect.
    This was my first time making Fry bread. I wanted my kids to try something from my Heritage and so theirs also. All my kids loved it. As well as my hubby. Thank you for a recipe that is easy to follow and make.
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