Among my many adventures in Florida, I have reunited with a dear friend of the family. I have always called her my god mother. She is a kind and wise woman and I am blessed to know her and have her in my life again. On one of my visits to her home and discussing how I’d like to add more recipes from my family’s heritage, these delightful Buñuelos Argentinos or as we might say here, Argentine Fritters, is what she shared with me. You might compare them to a Zeppole. Well I was in fritter heaven. These are light and just sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Last night I made them for my mom who is here visiting and she enjoyed them. She was born in Argentina and gave her seal of approval. Thanks Betty for sharing this wonderful recipe and thank you mom for your blessing and being here with me. I opted to change the original recipe which had raisins and added craisins. Not for any other reason except I didn’t have raisins and was making these one way or another. Little bit of history…. about 50% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent. Italians began migrating to Argentina in the 17th century. There was a mass movement between 1870-1920 and the Argenine people have aquired a lot of the Italian culture, especially customs and traditions.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (2 per serving)
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour1 tbsp Sugar
- 1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
- Pinch salt
- 1/4 cup canola oil (plus enough canola oil to fry with)
- 2-3 tbsp Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Raisins or Craisins (you can also subsitute the raisins for diced apples or other fruit)
- 1 egg
- In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until blended. The batter will be thick and will not have a watery consistency. You can add flour or milk in very small increments until you get the consisency you need.
- Add canola oil to a frying pan and heat on medium low heat. Once oil is hot, add a heaping tablespoon of the batter into oil. Once the fritters are golden brown, flip them over so they fry evenly on the other side. Make sure you oil is not on too high or they will burn. You can use a spoon to carefully cover the fritters as they are frying so the top begins to cook while the bottom is frying.
Once the fritters are cooked, remove them and place them on a plate with a paper towel so the paper towel will absorb excess oil. Immediately sprinkle with granulated sugar. Serve immediately. Enjoy!