This isn't grandma's Buñuelos de Yuca recipe (Cassava 'Beignets' in Spiced Syrup), these are puffy and crispy outside, airy and creamy inside. Just amazing.
I'm very lucky. I get to play with food for a living.
I "play" with food and sometimes make something new with it. I take traditional dishes and transform them into something I love much more. If you've eaten Buñuelos de Yuca before, you can see where this is going.
These aren't grandma's buñuelos.
Not that there's anything wrong with grandma's buñuelos, if you love them.
I'm not particularly much of an enthusiast, which probably explains why I'm writing about this dish more than 14 years after having tackled much more obscure dishes in our cuisine, and even after writing a recipe for the less popular Buñuelos de Viento.
Grandma's Buñuelos de Yuca are perfectly round, but a lot denser than these, and therein lies the problem. I thought that they would work better if they were closer to beignets. So I started experimenting on ways to get there. And I did.
Unlike traditional Buñuelos de Yuca, these are puffy and crispy on the outside, but airy and creamy inside, and with a touch of spice that will have you dreaming of them for a long time. They have all the goodness of grandma's buñuelos, but such a nice texture that I'm hoping you'll love as much as I did.
Buñuelos de Yuca Recipe (Cassava 'Beignets' in Spiced Syrup)
For the Buñuelos de Yuca
- 1/2 lb [0.23 kg] of yuca (cassava), boiled soft
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 small egg
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 1/2 cup of oil for frying (soy, corn or peanut)
For the spiced syrup
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 star anise
- 2 small sticks of cinnamon
- 1 doz cloves
- 1 cup of water
How to make Buñuelos de Yuca
- Cool yuca to room temperature. Remove and discard the center nerve. Place in the food processor bowl. Add butter, egg, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Blend until it turns into a smooth batter.
- Cover the bowl and chill the batter for 3 hours in the fridge (or 20 minutes in the freezer).
- Heat oil over medium heat in a 1 qt [1 lt] saucepan. Scoop batter with a small spoon, shape with a second small spoon and place into the hot oil, being careful with hot oil splatters. Scoop 3 more balls and place into the oil. Fry four at a time until they turn golden brown all over (turn if needed).
- Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
How to make Spiced Syrup
- Mix all the ingredients and boil over very low heat until the liquid has reduced to half. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
To serve the Buñuelos de Yuca
- Place still warm into 4 small bowls or dessert glasses, pour equal amount of syrup over them. Serve immediately.