My sister and I stand around the center kitchen counter island and eat the bunuelos from the greasy paper towel covered plate as children. The cinnamon and sugar on the warm oily crispy tortillas an experience. I didn’t want to stop eating them ever. Almost anything cinnamon and sugar I can get behind though. The more the better. Green’s Bakery Babka or their Dean & Deluca version anyone? At a young age I begin to develop a wanting to cook attitude. I most often made eggs for others standing on a chair to stir. I didn’t like eggs, so I didn’t eat them. My favorite? I would bake and eat my own cinnamon bread. I added extra butter and more even cinnamon and sugar after baking these two key ingredients inside. The butter, I love, what is not to love, but really this ensured almost all the sugar and cinnamon spice would stay. I still stand at the counter and eat this way most of the time.
Last spring, when the new fryer arrives the first two places my mind goes is back to the childhood bunuelos days and french fries. I don’t get around to using the Gourmia until now. So, today, I start with bununelos. You can buy or make your own tortilla. I am testing out the air fryer first. As a result and a bit of laziness, I use store bought tortillas. I have included a recipe from muybuenocookbook.com should you choose to make your own. I am also including a link to a previous post I did after attending a tortilla tournament put on by KCRW. There I repost a recipe from Mark Bittman‘s New York Times Tortillas, Almost From Scratch. His are corn. But, if you are in Los Angeles, there are several other places, besides a supermarket, to buy your fresh tortillas should you not want to make them. I promise, you will not want to miss tasting them. back to the bunuelos and the fryer.
Whether you choose to deep fry or air fry may or may not really matter to you. While, I love both, the deep fried and air fried, I’ll take the air fried these days. Even if air pockets and texture not quite the same. As for time and attendance? This Gourmia doesn’t take long. A loud three beeps happen to indicate the finish. Basically I put the tortilla inside and then walk away, make a phone call and beep, beep, beep. I do three tortillas each one at a time to start. The recipe menu tasting book doesn’t offer a bunuelo recipe. The first tortilla time is 15 minutes on 370 degrees F. The second for 7 minutes at 370 degrees and the third one 10 minutes at 370 degrees F. If you like them crispy longer is better. If you don’t, shorter time is better. Super easy to make and the clean up is minimal. The information guide is beyond easy to read and the inclusion of recipes and what if this goes wrong coupled with solutions pamphlets all most helpful.
Recipe from muybuenocookbook.com
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 beaten eggs
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a saucepan heat milk, butter, and vanilla and bring to a boil. Set aside to cool.
- In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, then add the beaten eggs to the room temperature milk mixture and whisk quickly.
- Add the liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
- Knead dough on lightly floured surface 2 to 3 minutes until smooth.
- After you knead the dough, divide into 20 dough balls. With a rolling pin, roll out thin tortillas.
- Lay out all the thin tortilla flats on a tablecloth and let them dry. Turn them over once to ensure drying on both sides. This helps remove most of the moisture before frying.
- Heat one-inch of oil in a skillet wide enough for the tortillas to fry flat. Deep-fry tortillas until golden brown, turning once. Remove from pan; stand vertically in a bowl lined with paper towels and drain excess oil.
- While warm, sprinkle fried tortillas on both sides with sugar-cinnamon mixture.
Here are some photos from the Gourmia..
Until Next Time…
***all photos taken by me with a Nikon or an iPhone