Monday, October 25, 2010

Buñuelos Colombianos (Colombian Cheese Fritters)

Colombian Buñuelos are fried cheese fritters traditionally eaten around Christmas time, but we also eat them year round with a hot cup of coffee or chocolate. They are a bit crispy on the outside and really soft on the inside.In some regions of Colombia they eat them as a dessert and sprinkle sugar on them but we eat them as a snack, not a sweet dessert. I missed these so much when I lived overseas that I had to learn how to make them myself. It's a bit tricky making these at first but once you make them a few times it's a piece of cake (they also come out much better than the ones you buy at the bakery!) These pictures were taken while a family friend (Lucia) made them for breakfast.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 box of Buñoelina
  • 2 cups of Colombian cheese (Mexican cheese can also be used)
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1tbsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
Directions:
  1. Heat the oil on med. high
  2. Mix all ingredients except for the oil and form into a soft dough.
  3. Make small dough balls.
  4. Test the oil by adding a small piece of dough to oil, if it rises in about 20 seconds its fine, but if  it takes longer then that it's not hot enough. (this is probably the most important step because if the oil is not hot enough the dough will burst and will not cook evenly)
  5. When they are golden brown remove them from oil and let cool for a few minutes.
  6. Serve with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
Enjoy, Buen Provecho!





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