Monday, August 30, 2010

Native American Fry Bread

I was looking for a recipe for Fry Bread on the web and found this site, Cookin' With Three Sisters which has several recipes for it. I had never heard of fry bread before my neighbors down the road told me about it and how to make it. I did try it and it was so greasy and I wasn't sure I didn't do it right. I was right, I didn't do it right. LOL I also didn't realize it was Native American fare. I made it again this morning and it certainly turned out better than the first time!  LOL 

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 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. 

It IS good stuff. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. 


  1. Fry bread is great. The first time I had it was when I was a docent at an Indian Museum and a Navajo woman frequently came and made it. She sprinkled powdered sugar on it before she gave it to us. Honey is also good on it. Then again, it's good if you make tacos with it, using the fry bread as the taco shells. Next, you should try sopapillas.

  2. Tacos with fry bread.. hmmmm... sounds darned interesting!

    ::: looking it up to see what the heck that is :::

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