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Solar Oven Recipe: Sopaipilla (Chilean Fry Bread)

Solar Oven Recipe


  • 4 oz. Manteca (Lard)
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 7-10 oz. of banana squash (or similar squash,ex.butternut)
  • 1 tbsp. Salt


  • Steam or boil banana squash until soft in solar oven(45-60 min.)
  • (Save some of the squash water for later)
  • Mash or lightly puree squash into a mush
  • Melt the manteca (lard) in solar cooker
  • Mix dry ingredients together
  • Add Manteca and squash to dry ingredient along with 1/4 cup(or more if needed) of squash water.
  • Mix all ingredients together until soft dough forms
  • Roll out onto floured table and continue mixing (kneading) by hand until dough is not sticky.
  • Pinch off 2 or 3 inch pieces of dough and form into balls
  • Roll flat with a floured rolling pin
  • Fry to a light golden brown in heated cooking oil (about 1 min.)

* *These were a big hit at our solar cooking class during the summer.

*Note: Frying can only be done by using a parabolic solar cooker since panel and box cookers cannot reach such high temperatures. 

Chilean Sopaipilla Solar Cooked

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