Today was one of those days. It was cold, windy and overcast in central Mexico. And my mood seemed just as gray as the sky. And even the kiddies were feeling it too. I've had days like this before, many, many years ago. Back then my gloomy days were always brightened by a good helping of Pappy's comfort food.
Feeling a little nostalgic, I stepped into the kitchen to see what I could conjure up. I looked inside my fridge and pantry for inspiration, but nothing came to mind. So I asked myself, "What would Pappy do?" A few seconds later I noticed a package of flour tortillas sitting in the back corner of my fridge, then all of a sudden I knew exactly what I wanted to make...Buñuelos!
Buñuelos are crispy, flaky, golden fried tortillas covered with cinnamon and sugar. My grandparents usually only made them around Christmastime to share with friends and neighbors. I remember how their tiny kitchen seemed to overflow with stacks and stack of Buñuelos.
There are two ways you can make Buñuelos. The tradtional way is to make the dough from scratch, like my grandmother always did. OR...you can make them the easy way like Pappy did, using store-bought flour tortillas.
Until today I don't think I've ever made this kind of Buñuelo for my kiddies. Usually when we're craving Buñuelos my suegra will make them from scratch or we'll walk down to the market to pick some up.
These easy cinnamon Buñuelos were just what we needed to brighten our day. My kiddies watched in amazement as I fried tortilla after tortilla. They weren't too convinced that you could make good Buñuelos from flour tortillas, but after one bite they were convinced. To quote my kiddies, "Están buenísimas!" (They're really, really good!)
Flour Tortilla Buñuelos
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 12 flour tortillas
- 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and the cinnamon. Set aside. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Carefully, place a tortilla in the hot oil. Fry the tortilla until light golden brown on both sides. Transfer fried tortilla to a plate lined with paper towels. Let it sit for a minute to absorb the excess oil. Place the tortilla in the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the tortilla, making sure that both sides are evenly coated. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Enjoy!
Cafe con Leche
Nothing warms me up on a cold winter's day like a cup of Cafe con Leche (coffee with milk). It's a childhood favorite that will always be near and dear to my heart. My grandpa used to make it for me almost every morning from the time I was 10 years old until the day I got married. And now I make it for my kiddies.
Cafe con Leche
- 1 cup milk
- 1 (4 inch) cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (Regular or Decaf)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Ground nutmeg (optional)
Heat the milk and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan until very warm, stirring constantly with a wire whisk or molinillo until frothy. Spoon desired amount of instant coffee granules and sugar into a coffee cup. (I only use 1 teaspoon of coffee because it's for the kiddies. Feel free to make yours a little stronger.) Pour the warm, frothy milk into the coffee cup. Stir slightly to dissolve the instant coffee granules and sugar. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Enjoy!