Similar to pita breads, this is a round fried bread which supposedly traces its origins back to the great American West.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup cold milk
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, stir together the water, milk, and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top, and let stand for 5 minutes to dissolve.
Stir the egg and butter into the yeast mixture, then stir in the salt, nutmeg, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix until everything is well blended. Mix in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for 10 minutes (no cheating!). Place dough into a greased bowl, and let rise until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 8 balls, and let rest for another 20 minutes. Roll each ball out to 8 to 10 inches in diameter.
Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Fry each of the pieces of bread fro 30 to 60 seconds on each side, or until light to medium brown spots appear. Keep covered with a damp cloth, or store in a plastic bag until serving.