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February 28, 2019

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 by brown sugar syrup. They are round, thin, crispy and delicious, and are great anytime!




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Makes 9 buñuelos

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. shortening
2/3 cup water



Directions:
  • 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. Quick-fry in hot oil, drain, then top with syrup, or just powdered sugar.

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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 spoon thinly, about 20 minutes. Strain syrup into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm before using.


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