This recipe comes from my Aunt who lived among a local Indian tribe for many, many years. I have fond memories of visiting as a child and enjoying the culture. My Aunt learned to make Indian Fry Bread from friends in the tribe and passed the recipe to me several years ago. Fry bread goes by many names around these parts, including Indian Fry Bread, Navajo Fry Bread, Navajo Tacos, and Scones. Yes, I realize that the word “scone” means something completely different everywhere else in the world, but around here, scones are fry bread. There’s even a whole chain restaurant devoted to it called Sconecutter.
The dough for this is quite simple, requiring very few ingredients. Don’t underestimate how delicious it is based on the simplicity. This fry bread is delicious! It is most frequently served as either Navajo Tacos (Indian Tacos), with all your favorite taco ingredients, or as a dessert. My favorite way to enjoy it as a dessert is to lather on some honey butter and dust it with powdered sugar. Yum! It’s crunch on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.
To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 cup shortening
- Extra flour to flour your hands
- Put flour in bowl, add baking powder, salt and powdered milk.
- Mix in warm water to form dough.
- Cover hands in flour
- Knead dough by hand until soft but not sticky. Cover with a cloth and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Shape dough into balls about 2 inches across then flatten by patting and stretching the dough.
- Melt shortening about an inch deep in frying pan. When hot put dough in pan. Fry one side till golden brown, then turn and fry the other.
- Can be topped with honey, powdered sugar, etc. You can also make it savory by topping with cooked sausage, or fried egg…. Enjoy!