- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- one-half cup Sugar
- one-quarter tsp spice (one or more of the following to total one-quarter teaspoon: cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, ginger)
- 2 tbs butter, margarine, or vegetable oil
- one-quarter cup warm milk (optional)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)
- pinch of salt
- oil for deep frying
- All pastry ingredients should be allowed to come to room temperature if they have been in the refrigerator.
- In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, Sugar, and spice.
- Add the yeast.
- Mix the water, butter (or margarine, or oil), milk, and egg together.
- Gradually add this mixture to the flour while kneading into dough.
- Head until a smooth and elastic dough is formed—fifteen to twenty minutes.
- If using yeast: Place dough in a clean bowl, cover with a cloth, and allow to rise in a warm place for an hour or more.
- If using baking powder, let dough rest for several minutes.
- Divide the dough into several hand-sized pieces.
- Roll or press the pieces into circles about one-half inch thick.
- Cut circles into halves or quarters.
- Heat a few cups of vegetable oil to 300 degrees Farenheit in a skillet or deep pot.
- Fry the doughs in the hot oil, turning a few times, until they are golden brown all over.
- Fry only as many together as can float in the oil without touching one another.
- Place on paper towels to drain.
- Serve warm.