Traditional Bolivian Christmas Recipes: Buñuelos (Deep Fried Sweetbread)

by Alura Gonzales
(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)


Buñuelos are a soft doughy sweetbread that is deep fried, much in the same way doughnuts are made, with a similar flavor but a slightly more chewy texture, traditionally served drizzled with a syrup or honey. The buñuelos are often puffy with a crispy crust and air pockets on the inside.


Ingredients:

2 teaspoons fresh yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon anise
2 eggs
2 cups flour
3 cups butter
Molasses to taste
1/2 cup sunflower oil to moisten hands

Preparation:

In a bowl, dissolve the sugar in water, add the fresh yeast, let it stand for about 7 minutes, then add the salt, anise, eggs and flour, mixing it slowly with your hand until you obtain a watery dough. Let the dough stand and rise twice before you start frying in hot butter or oil.

To fry, first spread oil over your hands, take a handful of dough with the fingertips and stretch it into a 4-inch round; rotating the dough occasionally to form a circle. When about to fry, poke a hole in the middle, and put in the frying pan with a stick or the back of a wooden spoon through the hole. Let it acquire a golden brown color on both sides before retiring and leave in a colander to drain away excess oil; then put all in a bowl to serve.

Serve with a jug of hot sugar cane syrup, molasses or honey for each person to add the desired amount on the buñuelo. Note: Some Bolivians prefer to eat their buñuelos covered in sifted powdered sugar.


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Wrong amounts
by: Kristy

This recipe turned out horrible! I believe there is an error with the amount of yeast. I thought 2 tablespoons was a lot as I was measuring it out and all you could taste was yeast. Most recipes I believe would call for 2 teaspoons.

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