How is it possible that after all these years sharing recipes I haven’t posted about Sopaipillas? A dear friend was the official baker of this traditional Chilean pastry… now she is gone, back to Chile. And here I’m doing my sopaipillas for the first time.
I’m also sharing the molasses sauce that usually is served with sopaipillas; you can either spooned over the sopaipillas or soak them briefly and enjoy warm.
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for about 30 sopaipillas medium, 20 large
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (I use 1/2 can in the U.S.)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, margarine or butter, melted
- Place the flour, baking powder and salt in food processor and pulse a few times to mix, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until a dough forms, should be smooth and pliable.
- Take out of the food processor and knead a couple of times. Let stand, cover with a napkin, for 20 minutes.
- Roll into a floured counter until the desired thickness, I liked thin, 1/2 cm. more or less or 1/4′
- Heat oil to 180C or 350F.
- Fry for 2-3 minutes per side. They should be golden brown
- Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil
- Serve warm
For the molasses sauce,
- 1 square of Chancaca or Panela or Piloncillo
- 2 cups water
- lemon or orange peel 2 little squares
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
Place the water, panela, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat occasionally stirring until brown sugar is melted. Boil gently for 15 minutes.
If you want it thicker, add the cornstarch dissolved in cold water and stir until thickened.
You can drizzle the sopaipillas with sauce or soak into the sauce and serve warm.