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
    Elizabeth Carrion
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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.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 2 Turn off  heat. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix until well-combined. Set aside while working with buñuelos.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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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).
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 4 In a medium bowl, mix cheese, corn starch, salt, sugar and egg until well incorporated.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 5 Heat oil in a medium sauce pan. Shape dough into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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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.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 7 Though will drop to the bottom and slowly rise. Cook for 3-4 minutes, turning frequently.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 8 Drain using paper towels. Makes 18-20 buñuelos.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 9 Pour hot chocolate into a blender. Blend until frothy for about one minute. Reheat if necessary.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 10 Serve warm with a side of meat (ex. chorizo slices).
    Elizabeth Carrion
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