A stack of four hojaldres dusted with powdered sugar on a wooden cutting board.
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Airy and crisp Panamanian hojaldres (a.k.a. hojaldras) are a simple fried dough recipe that you can make at home. Perfect for dusting with powdered sugar!


  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 egg
  • ≈ 1 cup water
  • oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for dusting


Combine the ingredients. In a big bowl, mix dry ingredients. Then add the egg and oil.

Knead the dough. Mix the ingredients, then add the water (you may need less or more depending on your flour), and knead until you get a smooth and elastic dough.

Rest. Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour.

Portion the dough. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and form the balls.

Preheat the oil. Heat the skillet with a large amount of oil.

Shape the dough. Using hands, flatten the ball, and stretch it out (about ¼ inch thick) just before dropping it in preheated oil.

Fry. Fry each piece of bread until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Place the hojaldres on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the oil.

Serve. Enjoy with powdered sugar.

Keywords: hojaldras, fried dough, panamanian foods