Have A Ball On National Donut Day with These Bunuelos

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Donuts might be a classic American treat but Latin America was keen on these delicious pastries long before most! Bunuelos are small, fried dough balls, often served with fillings or powdered sugar. They are a traditional snack in South and Central America and once you try your first bite it might be your next favorite snack too! To celebrate National Donut Day I added a twist to this bunuelos recipe with a white chocolate sauce and berry compote.


Yield: 25 bunuelos



  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 eggbeaters
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying (amount depends on the pot using)
  • Serve with white chocolate sauce + berry compote (see recipes below)



  • Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in another.
  • In a heavy pot place enough oil that covers (4” from the bottom) for deep-frying and heat until it reaches 325 degrees.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and use your Lorena Garcia whisk to combine all ingredients until well incorporated. It is a soft batter.
  • Scoop out dough with a spoon and drop into the 325-degree oil and fry until golden brown. Cook only 3-4 at a time, to not drop the temperature.
  • Take out the bunelos when they are done and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  • On a plate spread 1 tablespoon of the white chocolate sauce and berry sauce and place the fried bunuelo right on top.


For the White Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 bar white chocolate
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • ½ can evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan, at mid-low heat, until everything is melted and combined. Keep warm until ready to use.


For the Berry Compote

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 20 minutes. Blend and refrigerate.


What’s your memory of having your fist delicious donut?

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