Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

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This Homemade Sopapilla Recipe is one of our favorite desserts to make as a family. Warm fried dough with melted butter, honey and powdered sugar? Yes please! If you’re wondering how to make sopapillas this easy recipe is for you.

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Homemade Sopapillas

I’ve been looking forward to sharing my sopapilla recipe for weeks now. Let me start by saying I know people call these all kinds of different names. It kind of depends where you grew up! I’ve heard people call them scones, fry bread and sopapillas. I am not partial, I’ll call them anything, lol! I remember as a kid having warm sopapillas at a Mexican restaurant we went to and it was my favorite part of the meal!

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What Is A Sopapilla?

If you are not aware of what this recipe is, let me explain. It’s a homemade dough, fried, then lathered with butter, honey and powdered sugar. Seriously does NOT get better than this.

When my family gets together on Sundays, we almost always end up making these. They are everyone’s favorite 🙂

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How To Make Sopapillas

  1. Place oil in large dutch oven over medium heat with a thermometer attached to the side of the pot. Heat until at least 350 degrees but under 375 degrees F.
  2. Place warm water, yeast and sugar into stand mixer bowl with a dough hook attached. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until yeast has grown.
  3. Add flour, salt and olive oil to the stand mixer, beating on medium speed. Mix until dough is cleaning sides of bowl, about 2-3 minutes. With very floured hands, remove dough from bowl and form into a ball on top of parchment paper.
  4. Pinch off about 1/4 cup pieces of dough forming into 3 inch rounds. Does not have to be perfect. Carefully drop pieces of dough into hot oil, in batches. No more than about 3 or 4 at a time. Fry until golden and puffed on each side. Remove from hot oil and place onto parchment paper. Immediately spread butter and honey over each piece. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

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While you are waiting for your yeast to rise, heat your oil to 350-375 degrees F.

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Prepare dough as recipe states below in recipe card. Roll into ball on top of parchment paper.

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Pinch off little pieces of dough and form into about 3 inch rounds.

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It doesn’t have to be exact, can be bigger or smaller 🙂

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Carefully drop each piece of dough into the hot oil. Let fry until golden then flip! This is the color you are looking for. Remove from the oil and set onto some parchment paper. Spread each piece of dough with lots of butter as soon as it comes out of the oil.

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Drizzle with honey. Dust with more powdered sugar. The outcome is pure heaven. Such a delicious dessert for the whole family.

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How To Serve Sopapillas

Serve warm with butter, honey and powdered sugar. Best if enjoyed shortly after fried. It’s not recommended to store leftovers and re-heat. Best if eaten on day they’re made.

Homemade Sopapilla Recipe
4 from 1 vote

Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

This Homemade Sopapilla Recipe is simple to prepare and pefect for your upcoming celebrations!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings: 30
Calories: 637kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Stove
  • stand mixer with dough hook
  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • deef frying sieve
  • Bowl

Ingredients

  • 64 ounces canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water 110 degrees F.
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup good quality honey
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Place oil in large dutch oven over medium heat with a thermometer attached to the side of the pot. Heat until at least 350 degrees but under 375 degrees F.
  • Place warm water, yeast and sugar into stand mixer bowl with a dough hook attached. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until yeast has grown.
  • Add flour, salt and olive oil to the stand mixer, beating on medium speed. Mix until dough is cleaning sides of bowl, about 2-3 minutes. With very floured hands, remove dough from bowl and form into a ball on top of parchment paper.
  • Pinch off about 1/4 cup pieces of dough forming into 3 inch rounds. Does not have to be perfect. Carefully drop pieces of dough into hot oil, in batches. No more than about 3 or 4 at a time. Fry until golden and puffed on each side. Remove from hot oil and place onto parchment paper. Immediately spread butter and honey over each piece. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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67 Responses
  1. Sandra Allen

    Amazing recipe. The honey part always gets me the most, and I can’t wait to try these. Over here we also know this as sopapilla and I just have to try to make one the next time my folks have a get-together. I might just need to slow down on the sugar but that is what the honey is for right?

  2. Christym

    Omg . These look just like the ones we used to get at a popular Mexican restaurant when I lived in Denver. Whenever I order them now at Mexican restaurants in the Midwest they are nothing like the ones we had growing up. Thank you so much.My family will be thrilled.

  3. Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit

    Amazing sopapilla recipe! It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today! I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires

    Amazing sopapilla recipe! It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today! I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy

    Amazing sopapilla recipe! It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today! I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky

    Amazing sopapilla recipe! It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today! I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Bridgette

    Hi. I can’t wait to try these. I’ve been researching fried desserts and your recipe is more like a beignet than a traditional sopapilla. I’ve had both and the flavor is similar. The main difference is the texture. They are both airy inside but one is definitely lighter. The yeast is what changes the recipe. Traditional sopas use baking powder and don’t have much or any sugar added to the dough.

  8. Suzie

    These are sooooo good. Just be careful when making the dough round once you pinch it off the dough ball. If you flatten it too much, they won’t puff as well when frying. I recommend letting gravity do as much of the stretching work as possible. But even if they don’t puff up a whole lot, they are still soooo good!!

  9. Mildred Wright

    I was introduced to Sopapillos just over 65 years ago and have only found a couple places since that had them. Now I can make my own any time. Know I will be just as delighted with these. THANK YOU!!

  10. Sandra

    Where I’m from, New Mexico, we roll the dough out about 1/4 inch thick and cut about 4×4. Then deep fry making sure you push down in the hot oil so they puff up. They are also good slit open and stuffed with taco meat, beans, cheese, and lettuce and tomatoes.

  11. Ana Karina cordero

    Sopapillas are also made with pumpkin purée. I am from chile. And this is a very traditional pastry. But very different.

  12. Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com

    Your sopapillas look so so good! I’ll take 10, generously lathered with butter, honey and powdered sugar (the baby needs them!). Your blog does strange things to my pregnancy cravings! 😉 Pinning! 🙂

    1. sheryl

      oh! sopapilla CHHESECAKE! I hate cheesecake,but I LOOOOVE SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE! I make it with the crescent roll dough,and it is SOOOO good!

  13. Flee

    We have something very similar here in South Africa, but we call it Vetkoek (fatcake). We eat it sweet with sugar and cinnamon, or savory, with mince and cheese stuffed into the cavity. YUMMY! So glad I found your Blog

    Kindest~ Flee
    South Africa

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