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Buñuelos ( Mexican Fritters)



In Latin America, buñuelos are seen as a symbol of good luck. It is traditionally prepared at Christmas, and among Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah.
Buñuelos are quick-fried fritters topped with brown sugar syrup. They are round, thin, crispy, and delicious, and are great anytime!

Buñuelos


In Oaxaca, Mexico, New Year's Eve Buñuelos are served on thin china plates that must be smashed against the wall or on the ground while making a wish for the new year. 






How to Make Mexican Buñuelos
  • Combine flour and salt. Mix in shortening. 
  • Add water a little at a time to make a soft dough. 
  • Knead for 5 minutes and form 9 dough balls.



On a lightly floured cutting board, with a rolling pin, roll out round thin sheets of dough as you would tortillas. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a plate or bowl. Sprinkle and rub the cinnamon sugar onto both sides of each buñuelo while still warm. Serve buñuelos warm or at room temperature, then top with syrup. 

Brown Sugar Syrup (Miel) for Buñuelos

Ingredients:
2 cups light Brown Sugar
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange.
2 cinnamon sticks


Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat until brown sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Increase heat and boil until the syrup thickens enough to coat the spoon thinly, about 20 minutes. Strain syrup into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm before using.
   


For Bunuelos Piloncillo Syrup

  • 3 1/2 cups of plain water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of anise seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange peel, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon peel, grated
  • 12 ounces of piloncillo,  coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 sticks of cinnamon or 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  1. Place the 1 cup of water in a medium-sized saucepan with the piloncillo and bring it to medium-high heat until you have a liquid caramel consistency.
  2. Add the rest of the piloncillo syrup ingredients gradually, including the rest of the water, and bring the mixture to a boil. Continue mixing and cooking the syrup for about 10 minutes then set aside. (the longer you leave it, the thicker it’ll be)






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Bunuelos (Mexican Fritters)

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Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions:
  1. Combine flour and salt. Mix in shortening. Add water a little at a time to make a soft dough.

  2. Knead for 5 minutes and form 9 dough balls.

  3. On a lightly floured cutting board, with a rolling pin, roll out round thin sheets of dough as you would tortillas. Quick-fry in hot oil, drain, then top with brown sugar or piloncillo syrup, cinnamon sugar or just powdered sugar.