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How do you make Buñuelos?? Easy & simple recipe

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How do you make Buñuelos?? It´s time to talk about one of the most Delicious Spanish desserts…The famous homemade Buñuelos! At least that´s what people say! 

Anyway, be careful eating this delicious dessert, because you may be able to eat a million of these thinking that you wont gain weight because they are tiny…but it´s not true! What it´s true is that Buñuelos taste incredible. That´s why today we will be talking about how to make Buñuelos, about its ingredients, its different types and of course about its origin!

How do you make Buñuelos de viento??


The Spanish Buñuelos or Spanish fried dough balls are known as Buñuelos de viento and the reason is because they are light and fluffy. Although it doesn´t look too complicated to make them because of its size, you will need a total of 1h 30mins to 2 hours to make them. It will take you about 70/80 minutes of preparation and around 15/20 minutes of cooking. Let´s learn how to make buñuelos balls.

Ingredients to make Buñuelos

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The Buñuelos ingredients to make around 25/30 are:

  • 1 cup of milk or 1 ¼ cup of water
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt
  • Between 1 and 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 4/5 eggs
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar to your taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Easy Spanish Buñuelos recipe

  1. In a saucepan heat milk, cinnamon (optional), lemon zest, butter, granulated sugar and salt. Boil it.
  2. Once is bowling, add the flour and the baking powder. Stir constantly for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, let it cool and add the eggs one by one. Beat it until it looks smooth.
  4. Set it aside for 1 or 2 hours.
  5. In another large pan, add vegetable oil (1 ½ inches) to medium heat.
  6. When the oil is hot enough to fry, start adding the dough balls to the oil (not all together)
  7. Keep them until both sides of the dough look golden.
  8. Remove the buñuelos from the pan and place them in a paper towel.
  9. Last of all sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
  10. Your Spanish buñuelos recipe is ready!! Enjoy it!!

What are buñuelos??

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The truth is that the question What are buñuelos? Has different meanings depending where you ask. If you are wondering about the Spanish buñuelos, the buñuelos de viento, these are small dough balls made out of flour, oil, water or milk and sometimes eggs. 

But if you ask in different countries the buñuelos may look a little bit different. For example, in Mexico the buñuelos look more like a toast.

Different types of buñuelos

Although in Spain we generally eat bunuelos as a sweet dessert, it´s true that there is a huge variety. You can either have sweet or salty buñuelos:

Sweet Buñuelos

The authentic bunuelos recipe is sweet. It´s normally for dessert and it´s made with a lot of sugar. But although the traditional ones are bunuelos de viento, you can also find bunuelos of chocolate, cream or even made with honey.

Salty buñuelos

Nowadays there are all kinds of bunuelos, including salty ones. Some of them got really popular, like the bunuelos of bacalao. But as we always say, with this type of dishes is always good to be creative and try to make your own kind of bunuelos. If you find a good combination, share it with us!

How to eat buñuelos?

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Many of you may be wondering what´s the best time to eat bunuelos. In Spain, the season of bunuelos is during Christmas time and spring break, but these are popular in every holiday season of the year. About the time of the day, it depends on you, but you can eat it, either for breakfast, as a dessert after lunch or dinner, or even as a snack during the middle of the day.

Where to buy the best bunuelos?

We totally recommend you making your own homemade bunuelos, but if you don´t have the time and you want to try some delicious ones when you are in Spain. We would advice you to go to Buñolería El Contraste in Valencia or to La Maruca restaurant in Madrid.

History and origin of Bunuelos

The origin of bunuelos is not certain at all. Some people say it comes from the romans and their “puñuelo”, meanwhile others say it comes from the French “beignet”. The majority agrees that the bunuelo comes from the Muslims.

The first bunuelos recipe is from the XVI century, later on, Spaniards brought it to South America and that´s why it has become so popular there.

Enjoy making buñuelos!

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That´s all you need to know about the authentic Spanish bunuelos, hope you enjoy them! If you have any question about “How do you make bunuelos?” please let us know!!