Panamanian Fried Bread
Contributed by Steve Tanner


1 cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 tbs Lard or Shortening
- cups Water as necessary
Oil for deep fat frying


In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven start heating the cooking oil to 375F. 

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.

Pinch the dough off in golf ball sized pieces and form irregularly shaped patties about " thick between the hands. 

Fry the patties in the hot oil about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve hot sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or with honey or syrup.

Presented by CZBrats
October 7, 1998
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