Picarones or Squash and Yam Doughnuts

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

The original of this recipe calls for sweet potatoes & is a popular snack in Peru & Equador, & is usually served up drizzled with maple syrup or honey. Preparation time does not include the 2 hours needed for dough to rise.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large skillet, add squash & yams with enough water to soften (too much & you have mush!), then bring to boil & simmer until tender, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, about 13 minutes.
  2. Drain off excess liquid & mash to form a puree.
  3. Add anise seed, salt & pepper, mixing well.
  4. Transfer yam mixture to large bowl, & stir in flour.
  5. In small bowl, add yeast to 1/4 cup warm water, then set aside for 5-10 minutes until yeast bubbles.
  6. Stir activated yeast into yam mixture to make a firm dough, adding more water or flour as needed.
  7. Cover & let stand 2 hours in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size.
  8. In a skillet heat oil until hot. [Ensure oil IS hot enough by tearing off a small ball of dough & pressing it into a ring. Drop ring into oil, being careful to avoid splattering, & fry until golden brown on each side, turning once during cooking. Drain on paper towl.].
  9. Form dough into nice-size rings & fry in batches until golden.
  10. Serve hot, drizzled with maple syrup or honey, if desired.