Sopapillas (or sopas)

What a weekend we had.  My sweet Amelia turned eight.  EIGHT. I still can’t believe it.  Sometimes we have a few days where we are really reminded that no matter how much progress she has made, she still has autism.  But I wouldn’t trade a day of it.  Bad or good.
And then of course we’ve had a virus going around the house, just to make things more fun, you know.
: )  And then Father’s day.  I am so grateful that I had such an amazing dad.  I miss him terribly but I’m also so grateful to have a hubby that loves being a dad so much.  So I made him a big Mexican feast to say thank you. (His favorite food).  And of course he asked for these, which we call “sopas” around here.  I’ve seen a few recipes for them, and this is the standard one, but occasionally I see one with a tablespoon of sugar added to the dough.  I don’t think it’s needed since they’re served with honey or cinnamon and sugar.  If you’ve never had them before, just image a soft dough that’s just a little crispy from being fried with the sweetness of sugar or honey.  They’re very easy, fast, and my hubby will verify they are quite good!
2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 T shortening
3/4 cup warm water
Oil, for frying
Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
Cut the shortening in until dough is crumbly using a pastry blender or fork.
Add the water gradually while mixing the dough with a fork.
Once all the water has been added, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until mostly smooth.  Divide dough into half and cover with a tea towel.
Let rest for 10 minutes.
Heat about 1/2″ to 1″ of oil in a pan and heat over medium to medium high heat.
(You want the oil 350 to 400 degrees).
Roll out each piece of dough to 1/8 to 1/4″ thick and cut with a pizza wheel into 9 squares.
Fry a few at a time, depending how big of a pan you’re using.  Just don’t crowd the pan too much.
Cook until golden on one side, flip, and drain on paper towels when golden on second side.
Serve with honey or roll in cinnamon and sugar.
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