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A Christmas favorite — Buñuelos

A Christmas favorite — Buñuelos

Buñuelos are another favorite food to eat during the Christmas season among some Latino households. They look like sweet, deep-fried tortillas.

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Easy to make by mixing together some basic ingredients, deep frying and topping it off with cinnamon, a buñuelo is a perfect accompaniment to hot chocolate, coffee or just by itself.

(Recipe courtesy of Mexgrocer.com)

Buñuelo Recipe
3 cups flour, sifted twice
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
oil for frying

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, beat one tbsp sugar, eggs and butter.

Stir in milk. Add milk mixture to flour.

If dough is too dry, add a few more drops of milk. Knead dough until it is very smooth.

Shape into 20 balls. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

Heat oil one-inch deep in large skillet to 360 F.

Roll each ball out on a lightly-floured board into very thin six-inch circle.

Fry buñuelos until golden brown, turning once. Drain on absorbent towels. Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon topping while warm, or drizzle with one of the following syrups.

These can be frozen. Wrap separately in freezer bags. Defrost and place in a 350 F. oven for a few minutes to crips.(20 fritter)

Buñuelos can be of any size, especially depending on the expertise of the cook -- as we see in the following video.

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