Old Fashioned Native American Fry Bread
4 cups flour
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup warm water
Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add in the shortening and water. Add only enough water to make dough stick together. Knead dough until smooth, make into fist-sized balls. Cover them with a towel for 10 minutes then pat them out into circles about the size of a pancake. Fry in hot cooking oil in cast iron skillet until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, serve with jam.
HOT grease.... makes a BIG difference.
What... I didn't make any changes in the recipe? What??? Of course I did. First I cut the recipe in half, there are only three of us here. I also use 1 C white flour and 1 C whole wheat flour and use Canola oil for the shortening. I also fried it in Canola oil and olive oil. When I was making it into the balls before flattening them I was thinking it seemed a little too dry. I didn't fix it... They were a little dry but they are tasty. OH! I threw in some flax seed, too. I hear it is supposed to help against hot flashes...so I try to add it to things when I remember. I really did need to add more water to the dough with the wheat flour and flax seed. Yeah.