Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Mexican Fry Bread (Mexican Fried Gorditas)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2/3 cup water or milk
1/4 cup oil (for frying)

Combine flour, salt, baking powder and shortening; mix until shortening is blended. Add water; mix well.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board; knead until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Roll dough into a ball; place into a plastic bag.
Separate and roll out enough dough to make six 4- to 6-inch thin, flat rounds.
In a cast iron skillet, heat oil to 375 degrees F.
Place rounds in oil; cook each side 20 to 30 seconds or until light golden brown.
Use a slotted spoon to remove rounds from skillet; drain on paper towel.
Fill with prepared fillings as desired.

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