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fry bread with jam

The Best Homemade Maori Fry Bread Recipe

Enjoy this delicious fry bread with either sweet toppings like jam, honey, or golden syrup, or savory toppings. Have it at any time of the day. Pure Happiness!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Proofing Time For The Dough 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine New Zealand/Maori
Servings 6


Fry Bread Dough

  • 1.5 cups warm milk
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oil for deep-frying


How To Make The Dough

  • Pour warm milk and water into a large measuring cup.
  • Stir in the yeast and sugar.
  • Wait around 10 minutes until froth forms on the surface.
  • Put the flour and the salt into a large bowl and add the yeast mixture.
  • Mix well with your hands; if the dough is too sticky add a bit more flour.
  • The dough should be slightly sticky; there is no need to knead it.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it proof in a warm place.

Before You Deep Fry It

  • Once the dough is ready, slightly dust the table with flour.
  • Spread out the dough to a large rectangle shape.
  • Once it is spread out the dough should be around 0.5 inches thick.
  • Cut the dough into small rectangles (check out the video). They should look like little parcels.
  • Heat the oil; test that the oil is hot enough by putting a wooden stick into the oil - once little bubbles appear around the stick the oil is ready.
  • Now you can add the dough by carefully putting them into the oil.
  • Make sure they have enough space in the saucepan because the bread will puff up.
  • With tongs turn the bread over so it can fry on the other side as well.
  • Once the bread is golden brown on both sides, take them out and let them drain on paper towels.
  • Serve while still warm with your favorite toppings.
  • Tino Reka! Very tasty!


Keyword budget friendly, easy recipe, feeds a crowd
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