Buñuelos have always been a staple at our family Christmas Eve gathering. Among all the treats on the table they were always my favorite - perfectly crispy and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Delicious with a cup of coffee or Mexican hot chocolate.
There are two ways to make buñuelos, one is kind of cheating and the other is really the proper way to do it. Both are good although doing things the hard way does have an edge where taste is concerned.
The shortcut is to take pre-made flour tortillas and fry them in hot oil, they will puff slightly and turn golden brown. Immediately remove from the oil and dust with cinnamon sugar. These are good, really easy, and quick (also a great way to use up leftover tortillas). I like to use these "quick buñuelos" as a garnish for an easy ice cream sundae.
The other method involves making a sweetened tortilla dough from scratch, rolling them out, and frying in oil. These taste a lot fresher and have a much better texture and flavor. Try these for Christmas or anytime you need a tasty treat with your coffee.