Sopaipillas is spanish for: little pillows of AWESOME. Well that's a rough translation, but it means something similar to that. These are so cool, they're like deep fried pillows of dough, but at the same time, they aren't donuts. So what the heck are they?! Awesome. That's what.
Adapted from Home of the Lazy Dog
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp shortening
1/3 cup warm water
oil for frying
combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Then cut in the shortening. I added a bit more than 1 Tbsp because I was using gluten free flour.
Slowly mix in the warm water, stirring with a fork. It should be crumbly, and won't have formed into a ball yet. I also added a bit more water because gf flour tends to need more. Knead dough for 3 minutes or until soft.
Cover and let sit for 10 minutes. After it's rested, roll dough out and cut into squares. I found that they puff up better when rolled really thin, so rolllllll away!
Heat up oil in a skillet, when the oil is hot, add a couple squares. Cook them for 1-2 minutes, then flip them over. Mine didn't puff up that much, I blame the gf flour, so if you are making these with real flour, that shouldn't be an issue.
Drain them on paper towels. When they're cool enough to eat, sprinkle some powdered sugar on it. OR bite off a corner and fill it with honey. AMAZING