Confessions of Crafty Witches

Navajo Fry Bread
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Frybread can be eaten alone or with various toppings such as honey, jam, or hot beef. Frybread can also be made into tacos (Indian tacos). It is a simple complement to meals

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
( Traditionally it was made with 4 cups of Blue Bird flour
but you can use any Flour you prefer )
1 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups vegetable oil for frying
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup powdered sugar, as optional topping
1 cup honey, as optional topping

Directions

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. Poke a hole in the center with the handle of a wooden spoon or your finger.

In a large saute pan or deep fryer, heat the 6 cups of oil to 360 degrees F. Slip the rounds 1 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.

Note Different Native American Cultures have Different Methods here is a few of them

Cherokee

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk

Mix ingredients adding more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough. Roll out the dough on a floured board till very thin. Cut into strips 2 X 3 inches and drop in hot cooking oil. Brown on both sides. Serve hot with honey.

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Blackfeet

4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. powdered milk
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
11/2 cups warm water
Oil for frying

Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly. Add water. Knead until soft, then set aside for one hour. Shape into small balls. Flatten each ball into a circle with or rolling pin or by hand. Fry in a skillet half-full of oil until golden brown on both sides.

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Chickasaw

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup warm milk

Stir first three ingredients then stir in the beaten egg. Add milk to make the dough soft. Roll it out on floured bread board, knead lightly. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into strips 2 X 3 inches and slit the center. Drop into hot cooking oil and brown on both sides. Serve hot.

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Creek

2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Sift flour,salt and baking powder then add milk and more flour to make dough stiff. Roll out onto floured bread board and cut into 4 X 4 squares with a slit in the center. Fry in hot cooking oil until golden brown. Drain on plate with paper towels.

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