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Canela Bunuelos with Anise Syrup

Yield: 36
Prep 30 mins Chill 3 hrs to 24 hrs Stand  Rest: 40 minutes Cook 1 min  per batch
Canela Bunuelos with Anise Syrup
  • 2 3/4 - 3 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  package  active dry yeast
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground canela (Mexican cinnamon) or stick cinnamon
  • 1  cup  milk
  • 1/4  cup  sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  shortening
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  egg
  •  Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying
  •  Powdered sugar (optional)
  • 1  recipe  Anise Syrup

1. In a large bowl stir together 1-1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, and canela. In a small saucepan heat milk, sugar, shortening, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and the shortening is almost melted, stirring constantly.

2. Add the heated mixture to the flour mixture. Add egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat for 3 minutes on high speed. Using a wooden spoon, stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough (dough will still be slightly sticky to the touch). Place dough in a greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover bowl and chill dough in the refrigerator for 3 to 24 hours.

3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll dough into an 18x12-inch rectangle. Cut dough into thirty-six 3x2-inch rectangles. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes (dough will not be doubled).

4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a large, deep saucepan or deep-fat fryer heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375 degrees F. Fry dough rectangles, two or three at a time, in hot oil for about 1 minute or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep bunuelos warm in oven while frying remaining dough rectangles. Serve warm. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with Anise Syrup.

Anise Syrup

Yield: about 1 cup
  • 1/3  cup  butter
  • 2  teaspoons  anise seed
  • 1  2-inch stick canela (Mexican cinnamon) or cinnamon
  • 1/3  cup  finely chopped piloncillo (Mexican dark brown sugar) or packed brown sugar
  • 1/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup  whipping cream
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/4  teaspoon  orange extract
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded orange peel

1. In a small saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add anise seed and canela stick and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped piloncillo, granulated sugar, and whipping cream. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and orange extract. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids. Stir orange peel into syrup and serve warm. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts (Canela Bunuelos with Anise Syrup)
  • cal. (kcal) 118,
  • Fat, total (g) 7,
  • chol. (mg) 13,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 13,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (IU) 97,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 24,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 54,
  • Potassium (mg) 31,
  • calcium (mg) 20,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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