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Buñuelos with Colombian Hot Chocolate
Buñuelos are farmer’s cheese fritters traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas season in Colombia.  
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Buñuelos Ingredients

2 cups grated  queso fresco
½  cup cornstarch
1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
½  teaspoon salt
1 egg
Vegetable oil for frying

Hot Chocolate Ingredients

4 cups milk (skim or 1%)  
4-5 ounces Colombian sweet chocolate, chopped (located in the international aisle)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg

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Step 1

Prepare hot chocolate first by heating the milk over medium heat. Then add chocolate  chunks and mix until melted.

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Step 2

Turn off  heat. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix until well-combined. Set aside while working with buñuelos.

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Step 3

Using a food processor or blender, grate queso fresco (an 8 ounce block produces 2 cups of grated cheese).

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Step 4

In a medium bowl, mix cheese, corn starch, salt, sugar and egg until well incorporated.

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Step 5

Heat oil in a medium sauce pan. Shape dough into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls.

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Step 6

Working in batches and using a slotted spoon, drop dough into hot oil. In order to cook thoroughly, use medium heat.

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Step 7

Though will drop to the bottom and slowly rise. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning frequently.

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Step 8

Drain using paper towels. Makes 18-20 buñuelos.

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Step 9

Pour hot chocolate into a blender. Blend until frothy for about one minute. Reheat if necessary.

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Step 10

Serve warm with a side of meat (ex. chorizo slices).

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Buñuelos with Colombian Hot Chocolate

Buñuelos are farmer’s cheese fritters traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas season in Colombia.  

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