November 04, 2019

Abuelitas Buñuelos

Buñuelos are a dessert made from frying a piece of dough which is then covered with cinnamon sugar. They're typically rolled out into thin circles or by using a metal buñuelo mold. Latino households usually make them during Christmas or New Years. Luckily for me, my dad and I would make these delicious treats year round and enjoy them with a cup of homemade Mexican chocolate (Mexican Hot Chocolate). As a kid I would make the buñuelos and would always get in trouble for putting an "excessive" amount of cinnamon sugar, which in my opinion does not exist. Eating the buñuelos fresh from the frying pan with sugar is the best thing in the world. Who are we kidding, fresh fried dough is everyones soft spot.


The Making of Buñuelos

Ingredients Needed

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • oil of choice for frying
  • 1 cup plus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Mexican vanilla extract - or vanilla extract of your choice

How to make Buñuelos

Step 1

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar together in a bowl until fully mixed. Add shortening, warm water, and Mexican vanilla extract, and mix together with a fork until the dough mixture comes together, should take about 5 minutes of mixing.

Step 2

Remove the dough and place onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough until it feels smooth and elastic. Roll the dough into a ball, place it back into the bowl, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel, and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Roll out the dough and make 24 (1 1/2-inch) balls; cover the dough balls until you are ready to use. On a lightly floured surface sprinkle 1 dough ball with flour, roll the dough ball into a thin 5-inch circle, and repeat the procedure with the remaining dough balls.(Only roll out 2 dough balls at a time, just before frying to ensure freshness)

Step 4

Fry the dough by pouring oil to a depth of 1 inch into a large non-stick pan and heat your frying oil to approximately 350°F. Fry each dough circle for about 60 seconds on each side, turning them once with metal tongs, and checking for a golden brown color on each side. Then transfer the fried dough circles to a prepared plate with napkins to drain any excess oil.

Step 5

In a clean bowl, mix together the remaining sugar, and the ground cinnamon until fully combined. Once the dough has finished being fried, sprinkle the amount desired of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Store the buñuelos in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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