If any of you folks from Central PA wonder what Fry Bread is all about, just think of it as Native American funnel cake but instead of the Grange Fair you can get it at a Pow Wow.
In 2007 Jim and I visited a Pow Wow in Georgia and it inspired us to celebrate our Cherokee ancestors and make our own Fry Bread. This recipe makes 8 pieces so feel free to double it if you have a lot of friends to feed.
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/3 cup powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup warm Water
1 – 2 teaspoons of Canola Oil plus oil for frying
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the water all at once and mix well. Feel free to add more warm water until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a clean, dry surface and begin kneading adding additional flour if the dough becomes too sticky. When dough is smooth and elastic, add 1 – 2 teaspoons of oil and work it in a little, leaving the dough slightly moist. Place the dough in an oiled bowl in a warm spot, covered with a clean dish cloth, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours.
Heat more oil in heavy skillet until almost smoking. Pull off small balls (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter) from the dough and roll them out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Deep fry the dough patties in hot vegetable oil, turning once, until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately, with powdered sugar, honey or best of all, plain.