Sopaipillas with Café de Olla

Planning a special brunch? Put these sweet Mexican fried pastries on the menu. Serve the sopaipillas with different toppings, such as honey, jam, and/or chocolate-hazelnut spread. Finish with fresh fruit and sweet café de olla (a traditional Mexican coffee).

Sopaipillas on parchment paper drizzled with honey
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Rest Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
24 sopapillas


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon shortening

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 6 cup vegetable oil for deep-fat frying

  • 1 recipe Cafe de Olla

  • Toppings, such as honey, chocolate-hazelnut spread, jam, and/or fresh berries or cubed mango


  1. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk all at once. Using a fork, stir until a dough forms. Knead dough in the bowl until smooth. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven or deep-fat fryer heat oil over medium to 350°F (should take about 15 minutes). On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12x10-inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter or a pastry wheel, cut into twenty-four 2 1/2x2-inch rectangles.

  3. Add dough pieces, two or three at a time, to hot oil. Fry 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until slightly puffed and golden, turning once. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with Cafe de Olla and desired toppings.

Cafe de Olla

In a medium saucepan combine 4 cups water, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 4 inches stick cinnamon. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup ground coffee. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Strain, discarding solids. Makes 4 cups.

Air Fryer

Prepare and cut dough pieces as directed. Meanwhile, preheat air fryer to 375°F. Lightly brush dough pieces with vegetable oil. Working in batches, arrange pieces in a single layer in air-fryer basket. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly puffed and golden, turning once.

To Store

Transfer to an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, preheat air fryer to 400°F. Place frozen sopapillas in a single layer in air-fryer basket. Cook 4 minutes or until warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
31g Fat
35g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 489mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Calcium 142mg 11%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 133mg 3%
Folate, total 60.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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