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Ojibwe zaasakokwaan (Native American fried bread)


bread - often used as or like a taco shell

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  • 1 +1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. baking powder (or 1 tsp. baking soda and 2 tsp. cream of tartar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup flour for kneading
  • Enough cooking oil to be 1/2 in. deep in whatever sized skillet you are using to fry the bread.


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Step 1

Heat your electric skillet to 400 and fill with vegetable oil 1/2" deep. A deep fryer might also be used.

Mix dry ingredients together well in a medium sized bowl. Beat egg separately and add to dry ingredients. Heat milk for 45 sec to a minute in the microwave and add slowly to the mixture.

Begin kneading in the bowl and once it seems a little more uniform, turn it out onto your “flour’d” kneading surface and knead for a minute or two.

Role the dough out until it is (ideally) 1/2 an inch thick.

Once the dough is a uniform thickness, cut it into 2″ wide strips. A pizza cutter would be perfect for this.

Next cut a slice through the middle of each piece of dough. Leaving the ends intact.

You are then ready to fry your bread! Place them in the oil carefully, and let them brown for a minute or two before turning and doing the same to the other side.

Remove from the oil and let drain on a paper towel laden platter.

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