Day 1: Holiday Traditions
Baking has been passed down as a holiday tradition in my family and enjoyed by the women in my family for years. This was something that was done with my Mami, Abuelita and Tia’s when they would visit or when we would go to Colombia and visit at Christmas time. We used to make traditional Colombian buñuelos, natilla and orange essence butter cookies. Later on as I became an adult, I continued the tradition of baking with my own twist, and switched the cookies up a bit and made own cookies instead of the traditional treats. I later began to give the cookies out as gifts to co-workers and friends because I made so many that I didn’t know what to do with them.
My tradition lives of as I now have children, two girls, they are five and seven and they love to bake! We fight off a cookie monster in our kitchen (Daddy), but I am so happy that the tradition lives on and I am sure that it will live on with their children as well!
Colombian Buñuelo Recipe
2 C. Grape seed oil for frying
½ C. Cornstarch
2 Tbsp. Yucca flour or Tapioca starch
1 – 16 oz. package of Queso fresco, grated, room temp.
1 Tsp. Sugar
½ Tsp. Salt
1 Egg, room temp.
- Pour oil into a deep fryer or a pan deep enough to hold about 2 cups of oil.
- Place all the ingredients in stand up mixer and set to 3 for 1 minute OR mix by hand until combined in a medium bowl.
- Form small balls using your hands.
- In a fryer, set heat to 300°F. Slowly immerse each ball in and turn them. Process should take about 3 minutes for a ball to be done.
- Remove from the fryer and drain excess oil prior to serving.
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