Navajo Fry Bread

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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins
3 (8 inch round) breads




  • Combine the flour, powdered milk, baking powder and salt and sift them into a deep bowl.
  • Add the 2 tablespoons of lard bits and, with your fingertips, rub the flour and fat together until the mixture resembles flakes of coarse meal.
  • Pour in the water and toss the ingredients together until the dough can be gathered into a ball.
  • Drape the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest at room temperature for about 2 hours.
  • After the resting period, cut the dough into three equal pieces.
  • Then, on a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a rough circle about 8 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick.
  • With a small sharp knife, cut two 4- to 5-inch long parallel slits completely through the dough down the center of each round, spacing the slits about 1 inch apart. In a heavy 10-inch skillet, melt the remaining pound of lard over moderate heat until it is very hot but not smoking.
  • The melted fat should be about 1 inch deep, add more lard if necessary.
  • Fry the breads one at a time for about 2 minutes on each side, turning them once with tongs or a slotted spatula.
  • The bread will puff slightly and become crisp and brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

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  1. Haven't tried this yet, but wanted to comment to Ashley that Navajo Fry Bread is meant to be topped with powdered sugar or honey, or used for the delectable "Navajo Taco" (top with refried beans, lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese).
  2. The bread is tasteless.
  3. I relly love this bread with a little powdered sugar.
  4. I would report one of those reviews for being insulting, but I don't see a button to do that. I will add to Molly's review that this bread is meant to be topped. I don't think anybody expects pizza dough to have a lot of flavor either. Most cultures have some kind of flatbread and/or fry bread. This is one variation. The various Indian nations each have their own popular version, but all of them are basically the same in every culture - flour, water, salt, simple or no leavening. I put a little hole in the middle of mine. I love fry bread! Fry Bread Power!!
  5. Disgusting! Nutrionally the worst ever! Absolutely tasteless



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