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Pumpkin Buñuelos

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

2
cups pumpkin
2
eggs
1
teaspoon cinnamon
1
tablespoon vanilla
1
tablespoon baking powder
1
cup sugar
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Oil, for frying

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

When ready to fry the buñuelos, make sure the oil is hot-but not over high heat. If the dough cooks too fast it can burn easily.

Whenever I prepare these pumpkin buñuelitos, I'm transported back to my childhood. In those days there was a plot of land alongside my house owned by titi Paulita, as she was known in my neighborhood. She was the one who taught me this recipe, as I showed an early interest in cooking-I would often accompany her in washing and peeling the day's vegetables. Later on as an adult, preparing buñuelitos with Paulita I mustered up the courage to ask for her secret recipe. This same recipe can be prepared in a tortilla-like shape (instead of the round type,) but are called barriguitas de vieja or pumpkin fritters. I hope you have a chance to prepare this wonderful treat with your own family; if you haven't started a family recipe book yet, take advantage of the moment to start one now- this is a precious gift that your children will come to cherish as they grow up.

If you don't have pumpkin readily available, try using butternut squash as a substitute.

Directions

  • 1 First cook the pumpkin well, then let thoroughly drain and cool-off in a large strainer for around 30 minutes. When cool, mash with a fork or potato masher.
  • 2 In a large bowl or food processor, combine the mashed pumpkin with the sugar, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and flour. Mix until completely blended.
  • 3 Pre-heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, fry small spoon-sized portions of dough until golden brown on all sides.
  • 4 Individually remove the buñelitos as they finish cooking and let dry over a paper towel. Dust with powdered sugar or brown sugar and serve lukewarm.

Whenever I prepare these pumpkin buñuelitos, I'm transported back to my childhood. In those days there was a plot of land alongside my house owned by titi Paulita, as she was known in my neighborhood. She was the one who taught me this recipe, as I showed an early interest in cooking-I would often accompany her in washing and peeling the day's vegetables. Later on as an adult, preparing buñuelitos with Paulita I mustered up the courage to ask for her secret recipe. This same recipe can be prepared in a tortilla-like shape (instead of the round type,) but are called barriguitas de vieja or pumpkin fritters. I hope you have a chance to prepare this wonderful treat with your own family; if you haven't started a family recipe book yet, take advantage of the moment to start one now- this is a precious gift that your children will come to cherish as they grow up.

Rate and Comment

Jeannette Quinones Jeannette Quinones
September 28, 2015

Whenever I prepare these pumpkin buñuelitos, I'm transported back to my childhood. In those days there was a plot of land alongside my house owned by titi Paulita, as she was known in my neighborhood. She was the one who taught me this recipe, as I showed an early interest in cooking-I would often accompany her in washing and peeling the day's vegetables. Later on as an adult, preparing buñuelitos with Paulita I mustered up the courage to ask for her secret recipe. This same recipe can be prepared in a tortilla-like shape (instead of the round type,) but are called barriguitas de vieja or pumpkin fritters. I hope you have a chance to prepare this wonderful treat with your own family; if you haven't started a family recipe book yet, take advantage of the moment to start one now- this is a precious gift that your children will come to cherish as they grow up.