2 cups flour

1/2 t salt

2 t baking powder

2 t sugar

2 T shortening

1/2 scant cup (approximately) how tap water

oil for frying

confectioners sugar for sprinkling

1 cup honey for accompaniment


Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. With fingers, cut in shortening to make an even lumpy meal. Add the water, stirring with a fork, until a dough forms. Rapidly kneed dough about 12 times.

If dough sticks to your hands, sprinkle on more flour by tablespoons and knead until dough is easily handled. If too crumbly and dry, add more hot water by tablespoons. After kneading, cover with plastic wrap and let stand for about 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

In a deep skillet or frying kettle heat at least 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees to 380 degrees. Flour a work surface and roll dough into a rectangle about 1/4" thick. Cut into 3" squares. Drop squares into hot oil and few at a time, regulate heat to maintain temperature between 360 degrees and 385 degrees. The squares will fall, then rise as they puff into little pillows. Push them down and turn often until golden. Remove with slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in oven if necessary. Sprinkle with sugar and serve hot with honey to spoon into cavities.


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