Bunuelo (Colombian Donuts)

"This is a big favorite of my husband who is from Bogotá. I finally got them almost right, I just lack a little in technique. There really is no substitute for the Colombian queso fresco. These are kind of fun to make because they roll around in the hot oil while they cook."
photo by Hannah Petertil photo by Hannah Petertil
photo by Hannah Petertil
photo by Hannah Petertil photo by Hannah Petertil
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photo by SharonChen photo by SharonChen
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Ready In:
12 doughnuts




  • Heat deep fryer to 325°F.
  • Crumble cheese thoroughly, this is a must. Mix in eggs, one at a time, being sure to thoroughly combine. Add sugar and mix. Add in cornstarch, a little at a time, and thoroughly combine. Are you sensing a pattern?.
  • Mix in just enough milk to form a soft dough.
  • Shape into large balls, smaller than a baseball, but about the size that fits in your palm. Be careful not to compact dough, it takes a light touch.
  • Cook in batches in a deep fryer until dark golden brown. The bunuelo will "roll" over as it cooks numerous times, this is important for even cooking so do not overcrowd fryer. Nudge it if it doesn't roll enough. It will puff as it cooks and little appendages could puff out, don't worry, that is okay.
  • Drain well and serve.

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  1. Had these bunuelos at my sister-in-law's house yesterday. She makes them for Xmas every year. I am going to make them right NOW! Emily Gonzalez-Yulfo NYC Queens
  2. This recipe was delicious!The first few I made were a little..mutated,but in the end they came out awesome! Thanks! =D
  3. Thanks for the recipe, I am trying this tonight and will update my review, I am exited to try these because I am kind of low carbing and these are very low in carbs...I can only have 40 grams of carbs a day


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