Every year, Latinos throughout Mexico and Central America come together for a celebratory event honoring the birth of Jesus known as Las Posadas.

Similar to a typical Christmas celebration, this holiday embodies togetherness with friends, family and loved ones and what better way to celebrate than with a feast of delicious food? This special celebration takes place for nine days signifying the nine months Jesus was in his mother’s belly.

During these days, there are a variety of events and huge feasts. Buñuelos are a traditional dish on the menu during this time and offers a light, crispy and sweet flavor perfect for Christmas time.

This simple recipe consists of a simple dough that is turned into thin, disk-shaped pieces, shallow fried and coated with a light layer of cinnamon sugar.

To add an extra touch of sweetness, the buñuelos can also be topped with piloncillo, a sweet caramel like sauce made with sugar cane.

If you’d like to join in on the celebrations this year, follow the recipe below!

Recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Create a well in the middle and add the egg, vanilla extract and melted butter. Mix until it forms a grainy texture.
  3. Add the water slowly, kneading for about 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth.
  4. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
  5. When the dough is ready, separate into 12 equal sized balls.
  6. Add flour to your surface and begin rolling into thin circles. The buñuelo should be transparent, but should not tear.
  7. Add neutral frying oil to a pan over medium heat.
  8. When the oil is ready, add the buñuelo, one at a time and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  9. After each buñuelo comes out, coat with the sugar immediately, shaking off any excess and set aside.
  10. Repeat with remaining dough.
  11. Top with piloncillo, if using or simply serve and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Cinnamon and sugar, to coat
  • Oil, for frying

 

 

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