Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Muy Bueno Spotlight #3: Vangie's Sopaipillas and a Giveaway

 

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway.  Rosemary was chosen as my winner this time.  Please check back for more great recipes and giveaways.  I've got a great one coming up for a Downton Abbey cookbook in the weeks to come.

Oh decisions, decisions.  For my final post in the Muy Bueno Spotlight I have really had a hard time chosing what to make.  I know, I was whining about this "problem" in my last post, but it is true.  Between the gorgeous photos and all the recipes I am anxious to make, this has been the hardest part of writing these last two posts.

My plan was to cook a recipe from each contributor.  My first recipe was for Yvette's Mushroom, Jalapeno and Cilantro Salsa, the second for Veronica's awesome Shredded Brisket Tacos, so obviously this post belongs to Vangie. 

I thought that a cocktail would be nice so I flipped through the book looking for her favorite and found it interesting that all the cocktail recipes belonged to her daughters. Hmmm, I guess we know who drinks all the cocktails in their family.  Just sayin' ;-)

Thinking that a dessert would be good I searched through the book again and finally decided on Vangie's sopapillas.  In the book she says she really likes savory fillings for  her sopapillas and I do like that too, but I LOVE them the way I first had them, warm with cinnamon sugar and lots of honey.  The only person in my family who loves them more than me is my son.  Man, is he going to think he's died and gone to heaven when he gets home.

Sopaipillas (Sopapillas)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup warm water
Cinnamon-sugar (1 teaspoon ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup sugar)
Honey

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cut in shortening, mixing together until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Gradually stir in water just until dough pulls together. I did this step in my food processor and it literally took just moments.

Divide dough into 5 pieces.  Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface into an 8-inch diameter circle.  Cut each circle into 4 wedges.

Heat about 1 - 2 cups oil (I set my heat to medium high) in a deep frying pan.  (When the oil is good and hot) Add a few of the the tortilla wedges at a time.  The wedges will puff up.  Turn once so they will puff evenly on both sides; then turn back to brown on both sides.

Drain on paper towels.  While warm, coat each sopapilla with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Serve with honey. 

Makes 20 pillowy crispy clouds of deliciousness

I'm a little sad that this is my last recipe in this series and our cookbook spotlight has come to an end.  I have really enjoyed these last three posts.  Through their recipes and beautiful photos, I feel like Yvette, Veronica, Vangie and of course, Jesusita, have welcomed me into their family and set a place for me at their table.

This book is full of old and new family recipes that are sure to satisfy any of your Mexican food cravings.  With beautiful color photographs of each and every dish (which is my true measure of a great cookbook) you will certainly be like me, unable to make up your mind which dish to prepare.  Two of my favorite little touches in the book are the sillouettes which indicate who the recipe is credited to and the memory or thought that is associated with each.

My Muy Bueno Cookbook now has a special place in my kitchen next to my other well loved books.  Even though this is my last recipe for this spotlight, it is far from being the last time I will use this book.  I still can't wait to make those Mexican Wedding Cookies, or that delicious sounding Roasted Green Chilis with Buttermilk and Cheese dish, oh yeah, and then I'm going to try those Stacked Red Enchiladas, then maybe . . . well, you get the idea.


Hippocrene Books and Muy Bueno have provided the participating bloggers of this spotlight with an extra copy of the Muy Bueno Cookbook to give away to our readers.  If you'd like to enter my giveaway please just leave me a comment saying so.  That's it.  It is that easy.  I'll draw my winner on Monday, October 8th.  You never know, you may just be one comment from having your own place at the Muy Bueno table.  One comment only please.  Sorry, but this contest open to US residents only.

*This post is part of the Muy Bueno Cookbook Spotlight; Cook-Off sponsored by Hippocrene and hosted at girlichef.

**Even though I have been furnished with both a cookbook for myself and one to give away courtesy of Hippocrene, the opinions stated here are my own. 

56 comments:

DaniD said...

Lovely pictures Karen - they make Sopaipillas look DELICIOUS!!

DaniD said...

oh I'd love to enter your giveaway :) I can't wait to take a look at this book myself after all those yummy recipes!!!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Oh, I love sopaipillas SO MUCH, too! These look so amazing. And I had to laugh about the "who drinks all the cocktails" observation - ha ha ha. Delicious. Thanks so much for being a part of this Spotlight, Karen! =)

keflon said...

Karen, You have so much talent....Jealous!!!
I would love to enter your giveaway,

keflon said...

Karen,
So much talent. I am jealous! I would love to enter your giveaway

MM said...

I wanted to make these soooo badly, but ran out of time. Nice cooking with you!

Holly @ abakershouse.com said...

Beautiful photos! Each recipe I've seen from you and the other bloggers who have shared from Muy Bueno has been something I'd want to make at home. Can't wait to try some of these!

Carole said...

Great recipe and picture. I want the book,

Dough Maven said...

I love Sopapillas! Looks like a really nice cookbook

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Sue/the view from great island said...

Those are spectacular photos, and the sopaipillas look amazing!

Rosemary said...

I really, really love sopaipillas and I would really, really love the book! So glad I found your blog.

G'ma Jan said...

I'd love to have a copy of this cookbook and you're photos are lovely.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

These look fabulous...I just love sopapillas! The photos are gorgeous my friend; practice makes perfect but a nice macro sure doesn't hurt! :)

Hate to be a pain but don't count me in for the giveaway; make sure one of your readers who don't know Yvette is the lucky winner.

Nancy Elliott said...

All three of the recipes you made from the cookbook look wonderful -- I'd love a copy of the cookbook to try some of the recipes myself!

Nancy Elliott said...

All three of the recipes you made from the cookbook look great. I'd love a copy to try some of the recipes myself!

Kelley Chisholm said...

These look awesome and I'm sure my kids would devour them! I would love to have a copy of this cookbook!

slb3334 said...

I would like to win this. I love mexican food.

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Renee G said...

I would absolutely love to have this cookbook to broaden my cooking horizons.
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calvad said...

I would like to enter. This cookbook looks great! calvad at aol dot com

Denise M said...

i would like to enter. The sopapillas look scruptious

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Anonymous said...

i love mexican food

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Diane52 said...

Wow-i love Mexican food and would love to learn more recipes
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valerie2350 said...

this looks great - I'd love to win.

Melissa O. said...

I'd love this book...am always on the look out for new Mexican cookbooks to add to my collection!

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Daniel M said...

I'd like to enter the giveaway - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

moonsword said...

I'd like to enter. Thank you!

Lyz said...

Looks fantastic! I'd like to enter the giveaway.

Lyz said...

Looks fantastic! I'd like to enter the giveaway.

Sara P said...

These remind me of New Mexico! Yum! I would love to have this book.

Donna said...

Thanks for the great contest. I would like to enter please. I remember my grandma cooking us sopaipillas when I was a kid. So I appreciate you sharing the recipe.

Donna said...

Thanks for this great contest. I wold love to enter please. Thank you as well for the recipe for sopaipillas. My grandma use to make these for us when we were kids. I had forgotten all about it till I saw your website. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said...

The Sopaipillas look mouth-watering! I can't wait to try this recipe!

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

Your pictures make them look divine! I would love to take a look at the cookbook! I'll keep my fingers crossed I get lucky.

babytrees said...

would love this cookbook!!

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Atreau said...

I love Sopapillas! I make a little hole, fill it with honey and eat them carefully.

Sarah said...

Hoping it has a good carnitas recipe.

Karen said...

Count me in :)

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Karen said...

I would love to win this. Thanks for thegiveaway.

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Angela Neynaber said...

Wow! Those look so good. I would love to learn how to cook like that!

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kathy pease said...

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
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laurasloves said...

I wish I could cook like you! I love to cook but I have to admit that my final products leave a lot to be desired.
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Lisa Pecora said...

I'd love to try these recipes!

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Gianna said...

Please enter me :)

STF said...

Your pictures are yummy. I'm still very much a novice cook, but am enjoying new flavors. Would love to win this book...thank you!

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susansmoaks said...

yes i would love to enter the giveaway, thanks for the chance to win
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Jennifer Peaslee said...

I'd like to enter! Thanks! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Happy Autumn!

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Cheryl Reinhardt said...

The recipe looks Scrumptious!!! And I really want to WIN the Book!Thanks for the contest! californiapoppys@yahoo.com

Cheryl Reinhardt said...

This recipe looks Scruptious!!! I really want to win the book....

Cheryl Reinhardt said...

This recipe looks Scruptious!!! Really want to win the book!!!!

Jackee said...

I love the recipe! Thanks for the give away :)
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imaclutz89 said...

I'm moving into a new apartment in 2 weeks and would love to make these recipes and impress my boyfriend!
Thanks!

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Deal Queen said...

I would LOVE this cookbook!!

Deal Queen said...

I would LOVE to win this!!

Miranda Ward said...

I would love to win this@!!


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Jill Miller said...

Oh, I would so love this book!
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