In honor of the Stone Mountain Native American Festival and Pow Wow (and because I enjoyed both Indian Tacos and Indian Fry Bread with Raw Honey at the Festival – yummo!), Tuesday’s Honey Recipe is our favorite Indian Fry Bread Recipe.
Indian Fry Bread is a quick bread. Generally, a quick bread uses baking powder and/or baking soda as a leavening agent. Examples of baked quick breads are Date Nut Bread and Banana Bread. Indian Fry Bread differs from these because it is fried, traditionally in lard.
The recipe I’m going to post comes from one of my favorite food blogs, Pioneer Woman. Very complete instructions for making the fry bread and Indian Tacos are posted there. Tacos are a way to use Indian Fry Bread as a savory main course.
My favorite way to eat Indian Fry Bread is as a desert. I drizzle our Orange Blossom Honey on the Fry Bread and sprinkle it with cinnamon to taste. The citrus, floral notes of the Orange Blossom Honey with the sweet, pungent cinnamon are a delicious food experience.
- 3 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder (slightly Rounded Teaspoons)
- 3/4 cups Milk
- Water As Needed To Get Dough To Come Together
- Vegetable Shortening Or Lard For Frying
- Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a fork as you pour in the milk; keep stirring for a bit to get it to come together as much as possible. Add just enough water (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) to get it to come together. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it sit for 35 to 45 minutes to rest.
- When you're ready to make the fry bread, heat about 1 to 2 inches shortening/lard in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Grab a plum-sized piece of dough (or larger if you want larger fry bread) and press it into a circle with your fingers: place it on a clean surface and begin pressing in the center and work your way out, stretching it as you go.
- When the circle is about 4 to 7 inches (however big you want it) carefully drape it into the skillet. Allow it to fry on one side until golden brown, about 1 minute, then carefully flip it to the other side using tongs. Fry it for another 30 to 45 seconds.
- Remove the fry bread to a paper towel-lined plate and allow it to drain while you fry the other pieces.
- Serve warm.