Meaning "light-as-air fritters" in Spanish, buñuelos are light, fluffy, and they melt in your mouth. They are perfect for an afternoon snack and are commonly served as dessert with Spanish meals.
Buñuelos are a lightly fried egg and flour dough with a hint of lemon zest. After frying, they're dusted with powdered sugar to create an irresistible, bite-sized dessert. They can also be filled with pastry cream, egg custard, or your favorite marmalade. Making these tasty treats is actually quite easy, so you can explore all these options and find out which you like best.
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 lemon (zest only)
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
- 4 1/2 ounces/127 grams flour (unbleached white, about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 eggs
- 2–3 cups vegetable oil (canola, corn; or amount needed for frying)
- 1 /4 cup powdered sugar (for dusting)
This buñuelos recipe makes approximately 24 buñuelos. For buñuelos with custard filling, allow an additional 20 minutes to prepare the custard.
- In a small saucepan, combine water, butter, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.
- As soon as the water boils, add the flour and baking powder all at once and begin stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir constantly until the dough begins to come away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool down for a few minutes.
- When the dough is no longer hot, but still warm, stir in the eggs, one by one. Use a hand mixer if necessary to ensure that the dough is smooth. Set aside for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan, pour vegetable oil to a depth of about 1 1/2 inches. Heat on medium-high.
- When the oil is just hot enough to fry, begin dropping spoonfuls of dough into the oil. Turn over when the bottom is golden. The buñuelos should turn a golden color and begin to float when cooked.
- Remove them from the pan one at a time using a slotted spoon or spatula. Drain on a paper towel.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Custard Filled Variation
Buñuelos can easily be filled with a creamy egg custard. It's best to make the custard while the dough is resting.
After the buñuelos are fried, wait until they are cool enough to touch, then cut them in half. Spoon in custard filling and serve immediately. The same method can be used for pastry cream and marmalade fillings.