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Mexican Dessert Sopapilla Recipe

it is cooked. Bunuelos and churros are similar to Mexican dessert sopa papilla. This is a simple recipe to make and the little bread treats are stuffed with a wonderful honey butter which melts. It is easy to stuff the sopapillas with the honey butter because they are hollow. They puff up when they are deep fried. This makes a delicious dessert for after your Mexican dinner or a snack at any time of the day. The sopapillas keep in an airtight container for a day or two.

Sopapillas boast quite a neutral flavor, but add the butter and honey and this adds all the gorgeous charm and beauty to the flavor. This is comparable to cornbread, where it is alright served plain but amazing once you add butter and honey, and no, you should not swap the butter for margarine! If you do not have honey, try syrup instead. Maple syrup would work too. Sopapillas are often make in Mexican homes because they are so simple to prepare, and the flavor is amazing too. This is the type of dish every member of the family will love.

These are quite easy to make but bear in mind the dough needs to sit for an hour and a half before you make and cook the sopapillas, so ensure you have plenty of time. The dough is prepared then rolled out and cut into diamond shapes. You can then deep-fry them and they will puff up, meaning you can open the corner and insert a honey butter chunk. Just as this begins to melt wonderfully over the sopapillas you can serve them, so you can enjoy the warm fried dough with the sweet buttery filling oozing out over your tongue.

So the next time you want to make something authentic and Mexican, consider this sopapillas recipe because it is easy to make and once you have tried it you will certainly want to make it again. Make sure you serve them hot while the honey butter is still melting and that is absolutely the best way to enjoy this classic Mexican dessert. There are various sopapillas recipes to choose from, each one quite similar, but this one is sure to work out well, and deliver all that amazing south of the border flavor you would expect.

Hot Sopapillas with Honey Butter
Summary: Sopapillas are popular in Mexico and no wonder, when they taste this good. Stuffed with a melting honey butter mixture, these fried dough snacks are incredible.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
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  • ¼ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ lb and 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. Bring the sugar, salt and milk to a boil and stir in 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  3. Let it cool to lukewarm, then stir in the yeast mixture, flour and egg.
  4. Cover the dough and let it stand for 1½ hours.
  5. Knead and let it stand for 15 minutes.
  6. Roll out the dough ¼ inch thick and cut it into diamond shapes.
  7. Fry in deep fat at 350 degrees F until golden, turning them just once.
  8. Drain on brown paper or paper towels.
  9. Beat the rest of the butter with the honey then chill it for 5 minutes.
  10. Tear open the corners of the sopaipillas and slip a honey butter chunk inside each one.

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Whether you stick with the traditional diamond shape dough, or go for random shapes like we have done here, there is no doubt you will love the taste of these sopapillas. Bite into one while it is still warm and enjoy the honey butter running over your tongue. This is a dessert you will need to hand out the napkins for, because it can get messy. Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the sopapillas before serving if liked, or even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want. These are quick and easy to make, although bear in mind you need to let the dough rest for 1½ hours before frying the sopapillas.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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