Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sopaipillas (again!)

At this time of year you can probably still find butternut squash at the markets (or at least we can here in Spain), so I thought I'd repost the recipe for sopaipillas that I wrote a few years ago. I also recently realized that this recipe has gotten a ton of repins on pinterest so I suppose that there's quite a few people out there looking for something to do with squash besides the usual butternut squash soup and butternut squash risotto. So here goes! (For more pictures of the cooking process, here's the original post).

You will need:

  • 1 butternut squash 
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 6 cups of flour + more for rolling
  • vegetable, corn, or canola oil for frying
  • confectioner's sugar, cinnamon, or your favorite jam to serve

1.  Peel the butternut squash and chop it into small cubes. Remember that the smaller you chop them, the faster they will cook. 
2.  Put the cubed squash into a pan and add just enough water to cover them.  Cook the squash until you can pierce it easily with a fork. Then drain and allow to cool.
3.  Once the squash has cooled slightly, mash with a potato masher. 
4.  Add melted butter, salt, baking powder and flour.  DO NOT dump all the flour in. Add the flour in cup by cup. If you see that your dough is so wet that you can not roll it, add more flour.  You may need less than six cups, you may need more. Use your judgement.
5.  Once you feel the dough is ready, turn it out onto a flat surface and roll it out into about 1/2 inch thickness. Then use a cup to cut out little discs and pierce the discs a few times with a fork.
6.  Heat the oil on medium high heat. Once the oil is hot CAREFULLY place the discs inside the oil. Have a plate with a paper towel waiting nearby.  When you see the edges of the sopaipilla get a little golden, flip and fry the other side.  Once both sides are golden, place the hot sopaipilla on the paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
7.  While the sopaipillas are on the paper towel, dust them with as much confectioners sugar as you like. It is important to do this right away so that the sugar can stick to them.
8.  Serve with an extra dusting of sugar, cinnamon, or your favorite jam and a cup of coffee.



  1. yum! seems like such an easy and delicious recipe.

  2. Thanks Erika! It is indeed very easy. Let me know if you give it a try!