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Navaho Fry Bread

  • Yield: 12 fried breads, 6 to 12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 6 cups vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, as optional topping
  • 1 cup honey, as optional topping


  • In the bowl of a food processor, mix the dry ingredients. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the oil and the water, and process until smooth. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until the dough is just elastic and comes together, being careful not to over work.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Flatten each piece and roll into a 7-inch circle, making as thin as possible and set aside.
  • Poke a hole in the center with the handle of a wooden spoon or your finger.
  • In a large sauté pan or deep fryer, heat the oil to 360°F.
  • Slip the rounds one at a time into the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes, turning once with a long-handled spoon. Drain on paper towels and repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Sprinkle the fried bread with powdered sugar and drizzle with honey, as desired, and serve.