This dessert recipe is a traditional, regional, Spanish recipe from Asturias, located on the northern coast of Spain. It is a region known for its apple cider, as well as high quality seafood and cheese.
Bunuelos de Manzana are easy to make, and ready in less than 25 minutes. Peel, core and slice apples and allow them to marinate in a mixture of rum and sugar while you prepare the beer-based batter. Dip the apples slices in the batter and fry in a frying pan. Finish by sprinkling them with sugar and cinnamon, jam or whipped cream.
Prep Time: 5áminutes
Cook Time: 10áminutes
Marinate Apples: 15áminutes
Total Time: 30áminutes
Yield: 2 Servings
- 3/4-1 lb (400-500 gr) apples (2 to 2 1/2 large apples)
- 2 shots rum
- 3-4 heaping teaspoons (25 gr) granulated sugar
- 1 2/3 cups (200 gr) flour
- 2 large eggs
- 8 oz (125 ml) beer
- 2-3 cups (250-375 ml) vegetable oil (such as Canola, Safflower, Corn) for frying
- several Tbsp granulated sugar and cinnamon, jam, vanilla sugar, or
- 1 cup whipped cream
Peel and core apples, then cut into slices approximately 1/4-inch (1/2-centimeter). Pour rum and sugar into a bowl, and stir to dissolve sugar a bit. Put apple slices in the bowl and stir, making sure to coat the apples with the rum-sugar mixture. Let the apple slices marinate for about 15 minutes.
While the apples are marinating, prepare the batter. Put the flour, egg yolks, the beer and a pinch of salt in a medium size mixing bowl. Mix everything well. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to a soft peak, then gently fold in the beaten egg whites until batter is blended and smooth.
Note: Using only two egg whites, it may be difficult to beat them into a soft peak. Using a stick blender and a clean, dry cylindrical container helps. If whites do not stiffen to a peak after beating, beat until at least frothy and slightly thickened.
In a medium to large heavy-bottom frying pan, pour oil to a depth of at least 3/4-inch to 1-inch (2 to 2.5 cm). Heat the oil on medium high heat, being careful not to burn it. Oil is hot enough when a small cube of bread sizzles when it is dropped into the oil. Dip each apple slice into the batter coating both sides, then immediately place in oil. Fry until they turn a golden color. Then, remove the apples from the frying pan, and allow them to drain on a paper towel.
Place the bunuelos on a large plate or serving platter, and coat according to your taste with one of the following:
- Granulated Sugar and Ground Cinnamon
- Vanilla Sugar
- Strawberry or Other Fruit Jam
- Whipped Cream