Arepas Puertorriqueñas Fritas

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I have been eating these amazing Arepas (fried dough) since I was a little girl. My grandmother would fry them for my family and I every time she would come down to Miami to visit. Finally, I grew up and decided to try to make them myself but come to find out my grandmother didn’t have a recipe for it. She would eye the ingredients and say “put a little bit of this and a little bit of that” which obviously doesn’t work out for us lol so I decided to take her “little bit of this and little bit of that” and try to make a recipe out of it. It literally took me like 3 tries! But I finally got it! Please enjoy a holiday recipe which has turned into a whenever I want to make them recipe at my home! I dip them in coffee or have them on the side of Asopao, Soup or dipped in condense milk. Oh yea, no need to imagine it, just cook it! Soft in the inside and crispy on the outside! So delicious…

I know it has been a long time since I have written a blog post. I got so caught up doing the recipe videos that I have completely put aside writing.  The videos are cool and everything but what connects me to you guys? This is why I have decided to begin writing blog post again. BUT this time it will be on my terms. Before I compared myself to other blogs. They are amazing don’t get me wrong, but everyone’s food blog is different. I feel like I use to try to make my blog sound like everyone else’s. I was so frustrated with trying to get my blog out there that I would stay up comparing mine to others with more experience or as simple as their professional pictures. I realized that my pictures or videos will never be like others because everyone does it differently. With time I have learned so much. I can’t wait to just be myself and write the way I actually speak. So no offense, I won’t be here to impress you guys. I am here to be me and show you how a regular ass person like me can cook up some tasty recipes and so can you. If there is anything I have learned in the past year, is to be true to yourself. I never knew what being true to yourself meant till now. #COOKITGIRL rocks my socks and I hope it does for you too! More videos and pictures are soon to come as well as more involvement in my social medias!

Arepas Puertorriqueñas Fritas recipe 

Ingredients

  • 2 LB of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Salt
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of cooking Oil
  • Cooking Oil to Fry

In a bowl, add the flour and baking powder. Whisk the flour and baking powder together. Cut the stick of butter into small cubes. Scatter throughout the bowl. Also, add the cooking oil. Mix together the ingredients with a mixer or with your hands until the flour looks like its grainy. Now, add the salt to the cup of water and slowly start to add the salty water to the bowl while mixing or blending with your hands. If you are using your hands, keep kneading the dough until the water dissolves. If you are using a mixer, try to crank up the speed so that it kneads the dough together. Once you see all the ingredients dissolve into the dough and it becomes softer, place in a bowl and cover with aluminum foil or with plastic wrap and let sleep for 1 hour.

After 1 hour of sleeping, grab the dough and knead for about a minute. Then get the dough, as shown in the video, and start to rip off pieces of the dough and mold it into small balls. Store the dough balls in zip lock bags, making sure they don’t touch each other. Let the dough balls chill in the fridge for 1 hour before frying. When it’s time to fry, roll out the dough ball with your fingers. Make sure you put enough oil in the frying pan to submerge the dough, as shown in the video. With the stove on medium heat (Try not to go over medium heat as the dough can brown quicker but not cook inside) throw a little piece of dough to see if the oil is ready, as seen in the video.  Then put the dough in the frying pan. With a spoon, scoop oil on top of the dough for it to bubble. If you don’t see the dough bubble at first, its ok, usually the first one doesn’t bubble. Wait until the second one or third, it should bubble. And flip it once it bubbles so that the other side can cook. Keep flipping until you see the dough get golden brown. Place on a plate with a napkin to drain the excess oil.

Serve with pretty much anything you want! Enjoy!