You know you and your family are all about the sopapilla! We are too! At El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora, we make the best deep-fried dough. Can’t you almost taste the hot and sweet dessert right now? We make a sopapilla sundae that has a sopapilla with ice cream on top. It’s a customer favorite.
That’s what’s great about the sopapilla is that it can be made in lots of different ways and all of them are delicious. A sopapilla can be served as an entree or as a dessert and it can be either sweet or salty. Probably most people know it as the sweet dessert pastry. It’s a tradition at the end of a great Mexican meal.
Sopapillas are served in many Latin American and South American countries, and in many areas of North America. Their beauty is that they are simple and so delicious.
Sopapillas are just a basic bread made from wheat, leavening, and shortening. Many people use all-purpose flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, shortening or butter, and a leavening agent. The dough is cut into circles, or squares, or maybe triangles. The cut dough is dropped into frying hot oil until they puff up.
Versions of the tasty deep-fried bread were found in European and Middle Eastern kitchens. The Spanish word for this bread is sopaipa or from the word xopaipa, which means bread soaked in oil. This is thought to come from the Mozarabic language of medieval Islamic Spain. This was probably where the fried bread was first created.
Many people like sopapillas with it dripping with honey. Sopapillas usually puff up with an air pocket. Lots of people enjoy tearing off a corner and drizzling in a little honey into the puffed pocket, so the honey stays inside. Some restaurants will also serve them with sweet or savory fillings. But they are equally good when they are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, flavored with anise syrup, or stuffed with refried beans, cheese, scrambled eggs, and spiced up with red or green chilies. You get the picture. It’s all delicious.
Mexicans restaurants like ours traditionally offer sopapillas as a dessert. Get this, in Texas people love sopapillas so much the sopapillas are an official state pastry. How about that for commitment?
Sopapillas are popular in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. In Chile, when sopapillas are eaten sweet, they are fried and then dipped in chancaca, which is a black beet sugar and cinnamon. If the sopapillas are eaten salty, you should try them with ketchup or mustard.
Dessert at El Chubby’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Aurora is all about sopapillas. Come in for some of our fresh, authentic, made-to-order Mexican food but save room for our special sopapilla sundae. It’s the best. Our restaurant is located at 1191 S. Abilene where we’ve been for more than 26 years now. We’re a family owned business and we’d like to welcome your family. Come in and let us cook for you.