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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2004 10:48 am    Post subject: Recipe wanted Reply with quote

My grandmother used to make a dessert that consisted of little fried pieces of dough, each about the size of a garbanzo, formed into a ring shape and drizzled with honey. This was cut into slices and served. It was delicious, but not too sweet.

I'm not even certain that the recipe is Asturian, but I would love to know how to make it and to know what it is called.

Bob Martinez
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Recipe wanted Reply with quote

Bob, podrían los qué llamamos aquí buñuelos ?, pueden ser rellenos de nata o de crema ó leche frita?

Translated by Art--[I'm hot on your heels, Jomaguca! ¡Voy pisandote los talones, Jomaguca!]

Bob, ¿could these be what we call here buñuelos? ¿Can they be filled with cream, or fried cream or milk?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


No, what my grandmother made consisted of smaller and much firmer balls of dough, about the size of garbanzos or hazelnuts, and solid rather than filled. They were shaped into a large ring and covered with a honey glaze.

Buñuelos are similar to what we call creampuffs or profiteroles.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bob,

I think I have had what you are describing and have looked everywhere and asked around. Seems like there are several Spanish versions and a very popular (here anyway) Neapolitan version called Struffoli (which may or may not be how it made it to Spain) but apparently this is a very oooold dish possibly originating in Greece. In any case, I found a few recipes which will I will attach below in case you are interested. I cannot vouch for them as I have yet to try them but maybe this is what you are looking for. Better late than never!!

Roscón de piñonate

Ingredientes :

3 huevos

1 cascarón de aceite frito

3 cucharadas de azúcar

1/4 kg. de miel

1 cucharadita de canela

150 grs. de almendras

harina la que admita

un poquito de sal

ralladura de limón

Se baten las yemas con el azúcar hasta que quede una masa compacta, se le añade la ralladura de limón, la canela, la sal y poco a poco las claras batidas a punto de nieve dura, después se le mezcla la harina con cuidado de que la pasta quede muy tierna y se trabaja con cuidado con las manos untadas de aceite. Una vez bien amasada se hacen cordones de pasta y se prepara una sartén con aceite abundante. Cuando el aceite esté frito se van cortando las tiras con unas tijeras sobre la sartén y cuando están doradas se sacan hasta que se fría toda la masa. Aparte se pone al fuego la miel y cuando esté bien derretida se echan en ella los trozos fritos y se les da vueltas, con cuchara de madera, hasta que toda la miel se haya embebido. Se vuelca sobre una fuente y con las manos mojadas se le da forma de rosca. Se adorna con almendras y anises salpicados.

Struffoli (or Pignolata)

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 egg yolks
6 eggs
Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon limoncello
4 cups canola oil, for frying
2 cups honey
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Candied orange or lemon peel or sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
In a mixer bowl, combine the flour, egg yolks, egg, zests, salt, and limoncello and mix well to form a firm dough, 8 to 10 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. When the dough has rested, remove from fridge and cut into golf ball-size pieces. Roll each golf ball into a 1/2-inch-thick dowel and cut each dowel into 1/2-inch pieces. Roll each piece between palms into a ball. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Heat the oil in a 12- to 14-inch skillet with at least 3-inch sides to 375 degrees F. Drop balls in to cover about half of the surface of the oil and cook until dark golden brown. Use a spider or slotted spoon to turn them regularly; they will puff up while cooking. Remove when cooked to a tray covered with paper towels and drain well. This should make at least five batches, so be patient.
When all of the struffoli are cooked, heat the honey, lemon juice, and zest together in a wide 6- to 8-quart saucepan until quite warm, about 150 degrees F, and substantially thinner. Add the struffoli and stir carefully until well coated. Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes in the pan, stirring regularly.
Pour out onto a large serving tray in the form of either a pyramid or a ring.

Last edited by Diana on Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:46 pm; edited 1 time in total
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on the photos, this is what I have been looking for for years. Many thanks.
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