I like making fry-bread to go with my chili, but they always seem to be really oily. I like having well browned scones, but I can't seem to do that without plenty of oil, which apparently gets absorbed by the fry-bread.

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    While this is NOT a "recipe exchange site" this type of question does benefit markedly from both the recipe and a detailed description of how you ad making them now. Click the edit link and put that in. When I make scones I use the oven, not a frying pan or oil...
    – Ecnerwal
    May 12, 2015 at 1:17
  • I had never thought about the oven, how do you do that? May 12, 2015 at 3:12
  • On a baking sheet, in the oven. Close enough to this well-written-and-illustrated version to make it better than me describing mine in more detail: kingarthurflour.com/recipes/scones-recipe
    – Ecnerwal
    May 12, 2015 at 3:35
  • @Encerwal: There are some places that call fry bread "scones". I didn't know what a real scone was until I was 40.
    – James
    May 12, 2015 at 13:03
  • Should I edit my post to say Fry Bread? What is the the difference? May 12, 2015 at 22:25

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When making lángos, which is pretty much identical to fry-bread in every respect except the name, there are two keys to preventing an oil-logged outcome:

  • First, make sure your oil is hot enough, but not too hot. You want to achieve the desired toasty brown color on the outside in precisely the same amount of time as it takes to cook the dough all the way through on the inside, and not a second longer. (Well, OK, so that's exaggerating a bit; you do have a little leeway, but you shouldn't be frying a piece of dough much past the point of doneness just to achieve the color you want; and obviously, you also don't want the outside to be burnt but the inside still doughy.)

  • Second, when you remove the bread from the oil, blot the excess oil. As in, don't just put it on a metal rack and expect the oil to drip off. Go ahead and use that cookie rack or what-have-you, but line it with a couple of paper towels. Or half a dozen paper towels. Or an I-don't-know-how-people-made-fry-bread-before-paper-towels quantity of paper towels. And then use a second paper towel to blot the top of the bread.

(Important: to prevent sogginess, once you've blotted the bread, remove it from the paper towels, and either serve immediately, or put it in a suitable serving pan in as close to a single layer as you can manage.)

Another aspect that people often mention is how many times you flip the bread. Just like with hamburgers on a grill, there are advocates of the "flip exactly once" method, and advocates of the "flip many times" method, with very little middle ground. I tend to flip once, just because that's less work; I don't actually know if the number of times you flip has any effect on the oiliness of the outcome.


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