Welcome back to our Byte Blog! Continuing our Spanish learning journey with ViLaCa we will see time and time again all the fascinating topics our students will be learning! Last week our students learned about a legend from El Salvador. The legends of the Nahual originate from the Mayan culture. Check out last week’s blog, Mayan Legends to learn more! El Bunuelo
The past few weeks have been about fascinating legends, for today’s blog you are all in for an interesting treat! Latin America has a lot to offer, as our students get to experience first hand every week along with learning Spanish. Food is a very important part of culture. It is one of the best ways to gather family and friends to share a memorable moment. El buñuelo is a popular sweet dish and varieties of it are found throughout Latin America. This tasty treat is similar to a donut. It is a fried dough that can be mixed with water, milk, egg or yeast. It can also have a filling that can be sweet or salty. El Bunuelo
“Virtually anywhere you go in Latin America you will find a type of buñuelo.”
El buñuelo has origins from mediterranean cuisine. Cato the Elder included a recipe for donuts in his book De Agri Cultura, written in the second century BCE. In this recipe, yucca or cassava flour and cheese are mixed and formed into balls that were fried. They were then spread with honey and poppy seeds when ready to serve. Moorish people were known to also eat this delicious treat. Moorish people inhabited the southern territories of the Iberian Peninsula, many worked in the trade of selling buñuelos as they traveled. In Seville and Granada bunuelos were a typical dessert.
A variety of buñuelos can be found throughout Latin America. In Argentina, buñuelos can be part of a main dish of lunch or dinner! They can also be desserts for breakfast accompanied by a mate, a caffeinated drink. In Colombia there are different varieties of buñuelos. In the Andean region they are not sweet, the mixture for the dough includes coastal cheese, eggs, cornstarch with a bit of cassava starch. The dough is then shaped into balls and fried in oil. These are then enjoyed for breakfast, a quick meal, and are part of a traditional Christmas dish that is served with custard and hot chocolate. In Nicaragua buñuelos are a very popular dessert. It is made with grated cassava, grated dry cheese, egg and yeast or bicarbonate. It is eaten with honey that is made with sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves.
Virtually anywhere you go in Latin America you will find a type of buñuelo. All of which would be delicious! Visiting these countries to try their versions of buñuelos, do you think you could pick a favorite one? If you have had the opportunity to eat buñuelos let us know in the comments below! El Bunuelo
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