Real Indian Fry Bread

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This was a recipe that my Girl Scout leader (Mona Prestigiacomo) gave my Mom because I raved about it so much after camping in an Indian teepee! (I earned the "Native American Heritage" patch that weekend! LOL!) It's really simple, and reminds me a lot of elephant ears that we get at county fairs here in Southern Indiana...

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups flour (sifted)
  • 2 12 cups lukewarm milk (or water if milk is not available, like if you're camping!)
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or salt, if you don't want it to be sweet-tasting)
  • shortening (to deep-fry)


  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Add liquid and roughly mix.
  3. Heat shortening in an iron skillet (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep).
  4. Drop dough from greased slotted spoon into hot shortening and deep fry until lightly golden brown, turning once to brown both sides.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve buttered with cinnamon and/or powdered sugar. YUM!


Most Helpful

i loved these and so did my picky eating 2 year old. As a kid i used to eat them with jelly. thanks for posting.

ragdoll615 May 06, 2009

I grew up on these, although we used oil instead of shortening and always put a bit of honey in the oil. Although these puffed up beautifully, I didn't carey for the texture. It was a bit heavy and the one's my Aunt always made were always so lite it was like eating a cloud. If I make these again, I think I'll use less flour because other than the texture, these were beautifull

Amis May 21, 2006

I grew up on these, only we used less shortening and turned them to cook the other side. I love these with jelly. Thanks for posting, I am going to make them again soon.

MelinOhio August 19, 2005

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