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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!



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

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.




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Bunuelos (Mexican Fritters)



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 syrup, or just powdered sugar.

  4. 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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