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Dave's Garden Cookbook: Granny's Indian Fry Bread

The 2001 Dave's Garden Cookbook

Granny's Indian Fry Bread

By ladystepper

Category: Breads, rolls, and pastries

4 cups Flour (unsifted is best)
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Dry (Powdered) Milk
1-1/2 cups warm Water
1 to 1-1/2 cups oil for frying (traditionally fry bread is fried in lard or grease which gives a nice brown color but has lots of cholesterol)

In large bowl mix Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Add the Powdered Milk and mix all together.
Pour warm water into bowl and mix by hand until soft. You can cover with towel and lit sit for a few minutes or even make dough hours or the night before time to cook. The time differences makes a different texture to the finished product, so play with it to see how you like it best. Scoop about one-fourth cup dough and work it back and forth until it is round and flat like pizza dough or You can roll it out with a rolling pin to about the thickness of a pinkie finger and then work it a little by hand, stretching it some. (The handling & stretching a little seems to make a difference, and the bread puffs out when frying, so dont make it too thick or it will not be done on the inside.) Make a hole in the middle about the size of a finger so the middle cooks as fast as the outside. Fry in very hot, but not smoking, oil or lard (granny prefers lard)
Turn with fork or tongs when edges start to get brown, and brown on both sides. Stand fry bread on its edge to drain on paper towels.

  Extra Notes  
Fry Bread was invented when the native people were given commodities by the US Government. They didnt know exactly what to do with the items they were given, as they were different from the types of foods traditionally used. There are many, many different fry bread recipes that vary from tribe to clan to individual. This is just a basic recipe and you can vary it in many different ways. Just play with it and make it the way you like it best. You can serve it with just about anything on top. Some of our favorites are to drizzle honey on it, jam, powered sugar, Beans, Chili & cheese, salsa, or Indian taco's with lettuce, tomatoe, meat & beans, cheese, onion, etc. Just whatever tickles your taste buds.

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