4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbs. baking powder
1 1/2 cup warm water
Oil for frying (shortening or lard can be substituted)
Add salt and baking powder to half the flour. Add water. Gradually add the rest of the flour til the dough is no longer sticking to the side of the bowl (and your hand, if not using a mixer). Cover the dough with cloth and set aside to rest for about 10 to 15 minutes.
To fry the bread, separate the dough into 6 or 7 equal size balls - keep the dough covered when not using. Pour oil into a large frying pan till it's about 1-2" deep. Heat the oil on medium high heat. When the oil is almost ready, start preparing your dough by rolling out a ball until it's about 1/4" thick and it's about 8-10 inches in diameter. Slowly put the dough into the hot oil from back to front and fry until the bread is golden brown turning once. While the bread is frying, start preparing the next dough for frying. When done, drain bread on paper towels.
Bread can also be prepared on a hot, lightly greased griddle or on hot coals outside. Bread is great with beans, chili, soup or stew. Other toppings include: Powdered sugar, cinnamon, honey, salt, jam or peanut butter.