a little fried heaven

So we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled program to bring you a quick recipe. Never fear, another journal post is coming – we’ve just got seriously wonky weather happening, and my sister just had a baby! Yay! 😀

But for the moment, we want to talk about fry jacks… or fry bread… or whatever you want to call it. Had it quite a bit in Belize, loved it, and it was one of the recipes I was eager to get. And try. Which I did, on Sunday!

It’s super-simple, but takes a little bit of finesse. Mine turned out pretty good – but nowhere near as great as Mary’s… it’s all good, she’s had tons of practice. I’ll get there. So… ready? Of course you are:

Fry Jacks

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup oil
Gathering the Ingredients

Gathering the Ingredients

Mix all dry ingredients  together, add shortening and mix well with fork. This’ll take a while, but you want to make sure it’s well mixed. Add water, a little at a time, until moist. Knead dough until smooth. Form into small balls and flatten each ball on a greased plate. Cut in half. Heat the oil in a deep skillet, frying pan, or electric deep fryer. Fry dough until light brown.

Arthrak is a little surprised at seeing actual baking going on

Arthrak is a little surprised at seeing actual baking going on

And that’s it! Really easy, right? Couple tips from the lady who knows:

  1. After you cut the circle of dough in half, make a small slit in the center of each half. It helps.
  2. Drop a set of halves in the oil & then do the ‘ball, flatten, cut’ process for the next set… that’s *about* how long it takes for the previous one to fry up enough to flip. You’ll have to time it out for yourself, but you’ll get the hang of it.
All crispy golden goodness!

All crispy golden goodness

Now, you’ll see the coconut oil in the ingredients picture – I actually used that as the ‘grease’ for the greased plate & used regular cooking oil for the frying. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this quick little interlude… have fun baking!


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