Apache Fry Bread

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 33 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 3 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup baking powder

1 tablespoon salt

3 cups water

5 pounds lard

Chili powder, honey or powdered sugar, for garnish

Directions

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Slowly add in the water, a little at a time, using a fork to blend until the mixture forms into dough. Knead the dough until all the lumps are gone about 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the lard in a Dutch oven over high heat. When it just begins to smoke, drop a small piece of dough into the oil. If it quickly rises to the top, the oil is hot enough to begin frying.
  3. Take a piece of dough and roll it into a golf ball-sized ball. Stretch the dough into a disk-like shape as you would a pizza dough. When you have a piece ready to go, carefully place the dough into the oil and let it brown on 1 side about 1 1/2 minutes and then turn it over to brown the other side for another 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the fry bread from the oil and let it drain on paper towels until cool. Enjoy fry bread by sprinkling it with chili, honey, or powdered sugar.