Buñuelos recipe

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serves: 8
Skill: medium
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 10 min
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  • These delicious deep-fried Buñuelos (Mexican-style doughnuts) with raspberry sauce are perfect if you’re looking for something a little different to surprise the kids with. They’re the perfect Mexican treat!


    • For the buñuelos:
    • 280g plain flour, sifted twice
    • 1tbsp caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
    • ½tsp baking powder
    • ¼tsp salt
    • 125ml milk
    • 1 large egg
    • ½tsp anise seeds, crushed in a mortar
    • 375ml sunflower oil, for frying
    • For the raspberry purée:
    • 500g raspberries
    • 75g caster sugar
    • squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
    • dash of crème de cassis (optional)
    • To serve:
    • good-quality vanilla ice cream
    • summer berries


    • Put the twice-sifted flour into a large bowl and add the sugar, baking powder and salt.

    • In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, egg and crushed anise until frothy. Make a well in the centre of the flour and gradually whisk in the milk mixture, using your hands to bring it all together into a dough.

    • On a floured surface, knead the dough for 5–10 minutes. Shape into approximately 18 balls (25g each). Cover with a cloth and rest for 20 minutes.

    • Meanwhile, make the purée by whizzing the raspberries and sugar in a blender or food processor, then push the mixture through a sieve. If you like, you can sharpen the purée with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of cassis.

    • Roll each dough ball on a lightly floured surface into very thin rounds 10–15cm in diameter. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.

    • In a large, deep frying pan, heat the sunflower oil until it is hot enough to make a cube of bread sizzle when you add it. Fry the dough circles like pancakes, one at a time, until puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them only once or they will become soggy. Drain well on kitchen paper and sprinkle with sugar whilst they are still warm.

    • Put 1 or 2 on each plate, not minding at all if they break as it looks all the more rustic. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a scattering of berries and a generous spoonful of raspberry purée. Eat up greedily!

    Top tip for making Buñuelos

    These are equally good with cherry, blackberry, strawberry or redcurrant sauce, depending on your fancy and the time of year

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