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Here is a delicious bread recipe that can actually be used as dessert. Something out of the ordinary for a change.

4 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 talbespoon shortening
1 cake compressed yeast
(or 1 pkg. dry yeast)
1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups scalded milk

Combine dry ingredients and cut in shortening.

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add to scalded milk, cool to room temperature.

Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add liquid to dry ingredients and work into dough.

Knead dough 15 to 20 times and set aside for approximately 10 minutes.

Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness or slightly thinner, then cut into squares or triangles and fry in melted shortening at 420 degrees. Fry only a few at a time so fat stays hot. If the fat is hot, the sopaipillas will puff up and become hollow shortly after adding to fat.

Drain sopaipillas on absorbent towels and serve as a bread with any New Mexican Meal. they are especially good served with honey.

Sopaipillas may be dusted with a sugar-cinammon mixture and served as a dessert with New mexican chocolate. Frijoles refritos may be used for stuffing sopaipillas, and a chile sauce may be served over them. If desired, yeast may be omitted. Enjoy!