Lolita Tsosie’s Navajo Frybread

Amounts depend on how much bread you want to make – usually 5 cups of flour for a batch.
To each cup of Blue Bird flour, add:

  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Warm water to make a stiff dough, or
  • ¼ cup powdered milk and warm water to make a stiff dough
  • Hot grease: shortening or lard

Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Always put a little more baking powder than salt so it can rise better in the hot grease. Add warm water a little at a time so the dough will come out all nice and round. If you add too much water, it gets sticky. When you’re finished making the dough, let it set for 30 min. or 1 hour. Heat your skillet with lard or shortening. It has to be plenty melted and fill the skillet halfway. Make little round balls about the size of a pool (billiards) ball. Flatten out a dough ball to about ¼” – not too thin, or the heated grease will make it too crisp. You’ll know when the grease is hot enough because the dough browns on one side. Turn it and brown the other side. Repeat until you have made the amount you wanted.

Comment: Lolita said she learned her recipes from her grandparents.




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