Monday, March 21, 2011

American Indian Fry Bread

...or an acceptable way to eat funnel cake for breakfast.  It's not exactly like funnel cake - more like something in between  funnel cake and a doughnut.  SO good.  Not sweet so that's why you top it with sweetness.  I know you want to make some.  Just throw your diet out the window for a day.  It's okay.  Men like curves.

We had some friends over Friday night and she was telling me about this frybread.  I, of course, had to make some the next morning.  So I took some pics for you as I went along so you can make some this Saturday.  Or tonight.  Or as soon as you finish reading this post.

Here's the recipe:
1 1/3 cup of flour plus more for your surface when rolling
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup of milk
vegetable oil for frying
yummy toppings: jam, honey, powdered sugar, etc

Step 1:
Mix the ingredients in a bowl - you should have a biscuit-like consistency.  Sprinkle your surface with flour, and scoop the dough onto the surface.  Roll or pat it out to about1/4" thick.  You could cut it into strips, but Charlotte wanted to do hearts.  So we did.

Step 2:  Heat about an inch of oil in a pan on medium heat.  Test the oil by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil - it should puff up and cook pretty quickly, but not burn.  Once you have all of the dough ready
drop a few into the oil - I could fit 3 hearts in the pan at once. 
After about 30 seconds, use a slotted spoon to flip them over.  They should be a pretty golden brown.
After about 30 more seconds, lift them out of the oil onto paper towels. Let the oil drain off while they cool.  Continue making them in batches until all of the dough is used up.  While they are still warm spread your toppings on.  We used strawberry jam with powdered sugar, and honey with powdered sugar.

Oh, just looking at it makes me want to cook some more....I'm thinking there would have been a lot of difficult things about being an early American Indian - but these would have made up for a lot ;)   
Have fun and enjoy!!


  1. YUM! These remind me of one of my favorite things- beignets!

  2. Holy cow Jessica these look amazing!!! I can't wait to try them - thanks so much!!
    I love that - "Men Like Curves" haha. Awesome. ;)

  3. Wow, you accomplished what is considered a hard task for non-American indian to learn. Frybread. As a navajo from the four corners, this is one of the staples of our diet, of course with the epidemic of diabetes, we've changed to using 1/2 whole wheat flour, and fried it in canola oil. It's very good with homemade stew. The pockets fo the the frybread pick up the broth of it. Great job.


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