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Mon Mar 21, 2022, 07:50 AM

I'm curious about traditional Fry Bread after looking through recipes this morning.

I've never had it before, but from photos I'd thought it was like the Fried Dough Boys from food booths at the fair.
Now I see after looking through several recipes that the leavening is totally different! Instead of yeast it is baking powder. I don't know why, but I'm floored that it's not yeast! Can anyone tell me about the history of Fry Bread and how it came to be that it's not yeast-based? I'm so curious.

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Reply I'm curious about traditional Fry Bread after looking through recipes this morning. (Original post)
eShirl Mar 2022 OP
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Mon Mar 21, 2022, 07:56 AM

1. Don't know the answer to your question. But Fry Bread was featured in the movie, "Smoke Signals,"

Boys would compare how their mom's fry bread was better than their friend's mothers. Since then, I wanted to taste it but I ain't gonna find it on the east coast.

But fry bread recipes.... why didn't I think of that?

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Thu May 5, 2022, 07:31 PM

2. FRY BREAD 4 cups flour 1 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoons baking powder 1 or more cups hot water 2-3

When Indians were compelled into concentration camps they were given stock staples for food. They used these staples to make the fry bread. I still make it myself and love it.

FRY BREAD
4 cups flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 or more cups hot water
2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add in the water, mixing with a spoon or your hands until combined. It will be sticky.
Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of oil over the dough to keep it from drying out. Cover and let rest 2 hours. This is not a risen dough so the dough will not rise, but it does need to rest.
Pull off golf ball sized pieces of dough and stretch or roll out until very thin, without ripping it. The thinner the better.
Pour enough vegetable oil into a pot to cover it with 2 inches of oil. Heat to 350 degrees F.
Working one at a time, fry the dough in the hot oil until golden brown, flipping halfway through. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

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