According to the US Government 1/2 of me does not exist, but according to my mother’s genetic gene pool I am half Taino Indian. The Tainos aka 99% of the Puerto Rican population have made it a point to keep our traditional foods intact and we love to cook and love to eat.
Like the Native American’s in the state we have fry bread although we call them arepas (A-Re-Pas).
Fry Bread or Arepas are pretty simple to make and can be topped with just about anything. Now this is yet another one of those recipes that I don’t have actual measurements for because I tend to do things by memory but I did try to figure out the amounts I used to make 8 fry breads.
Basically you will need the following:
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1tsp salt
- 1-to 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- Lard or oil for frying
Your going to make these as if you where making regular bread so mixed the ingredients and add enough warm water to form a non sticky dough. If the dough is to sticky or to crumbly then you can add more water or flour to work it out.
Then you’ll kneed this for about 10 minutes I did this batch by hand but you can use a mixer with the dough hook and prep the bread that way. Just make sure your dough gets nice and pliable you want a soft dough not stiff.
Once you’ve kneaded the dough simply roll out 8 small balls to form a tortilla like disk. Mine never come out completely round but I’m okay with that.
You’ll deep fry these until they are golden brown. Now you’ll notice a slit or hole has been punched into the ones pictured above that prevents the bread from bubbling up to much so that you have a flatter bread surface if you’re planning on topping them with something.
These I made into tacos by basically browning some ground beef and topping them off with re fried beans, cheese and lettuce. You can top your fry bread with whatever you’d like or eat them as is. They can be sprinkled with a little powdered sugar for a dessert or topped with pizza sauce and cheese for a pizza fritta type of delight.