Monday, September 24, 2012

Buñuelos - A Nicaraguan Treat

Buñuelos - León, Nicaragua
Our neighbours continue to introduce us to some of their delicious food. When we saw these little goodies for sale we couldn't wait to try them. They looked like little Timbits (a treat we could buy in Canada from Tim Hortons)! Mistakenly, we thought that they were made with corn - but no, apparently they are made with yuca!

We got them in a little baggie with a sweet syrup spooned on top.When I first took a bite of one of them it reminded me of the honey cruellers that we would get at Tim Hortons - a little crunchy on the outside but with a very soft, moist inside.  

A bag of 12 only cost 10 cordobas!

I found a video that shows how easy they are to make. Los Buñuelos de Yuca The video is in Spanish but I think it is easy to follow along.  The recipe is:

To make the syrup you will need:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
some cinnamon sticks
juice of 1 lime

To make the dough you will need:
2 cups Yuca peeled and grated
1 cup cheese - dry and grated (white cheese)
1 egg
Oil sufficient to fry

Sometimes ripe banana is added to the dough instead of the cheese.

I personally am looking forward to making these for our next party. Let me know if you make them and how they turn out!