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Sopapillas

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 18 sopapillas
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Ingredients

Sopapillas:

2/3 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons granulated sugar 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

3 tablespoons lard 

1 tablespoon baking powder 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

Vegetable oil, for frying 

Topping:

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

Honey, for drizzling 

Directions

Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. For the sopapillas: Heat the milk and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar melts and the milk is warm to the touch.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the flour, lard, baking powder and salt. Mix for 1 minute to incorporate the lard. With the machine running on medium, drizzle the warm milk mixture into the mixing bowl. Mix until a ball of dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
  3. When ready, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 385 degrees F in a Dutch oven. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  4. For the topping: Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside.
  5. Dust your work surface with all-purpose flour and roll the dough out to a 6-by-12-inch rectangle. It should be about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into 2-inch squares and fry in batches of 6 until golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.
  6. Using a spider, remove the hot sopapillas from the oil to the paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the sopapillas and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving platter and drizzle with honey. Serve warm.