Spanish Buñuelos with Cinnamon Sugar
Buñuelos, a sweet pastry from Spain, are deep-fried dough balls that are dusted with cinnamon sugar. The golden-brown puffs are chewy and crispy at the same time, perfectly paired with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Whether served plain or made into an indulgent dessert, this delicious treat is sure to be a hit!
- 3/4 cup warm water (approximately 115ºF)
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- Additional sugar for the topping
- In a medium bowl, combine water, sugar, yeast, baking powder, and salt. Mix until everything is fully combined.
- Add in the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until the dough begins to form into a ball.
- Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes elastic and smooth.
- Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, until it has doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, divide it into small pieces, about the size of a golf ball.
- Roll out each piece on a floured surface until it’s a circle, about 3/4 inch in diameter.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil until it’s hot but not smoking.
- Carefully drop each circle into the hot oil. Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Once the buñuelos are cooked, drain them on a paper towel-lined plate.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar and ground cinnamon.
- While the buñuelos are still warm, dip them in the sugar-cinnamon mix, coating both sides.
- Serve the buñuelos warm, either alone or with your favorite ice cream. Enjoy!