Ojalda-Panamanian Fried Bread


1¾ cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Lard or Shortening
½  Cup Water, additional  as necessary
Oil for deep fat frying


  1. 1.       In a heavy Stock Pot or Deep Fryer heat the cooking oil to 375°F. 
  2. 2.       Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Cut the lard into the flour with a pastry cutter or forks. Slowly add water until a firm adhesive dough is   formed. Knead the dough briefly, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. 3.       Pinch the dough off in golf ball sized pieces and form irregularly shaped patties about ¼” thick between the hands. 
  4. 4.       Fry the patties in the hot oil about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.
  5. 5.       Serve hot sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or with honey or syrup.

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