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Mexican-Style Elephant Ears with Caramel and Chocolate Sauces (Buñuelos)

Prep Time
1
hr.
Total Time
1
hr.
30
min.
Servings

12 servings

It's possible you're thinking you couldn't possibly make Mexican-Style Elephant Ears with Caramel and Chocolate Sauces (aka Buñuelos) at home. But you can.

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What You Need

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  • Reserve 2 Tbsp. flour. Combine remaining flour with 1 Tbsp. sugar, baking powder and salt on clean work surface; make 10-inch well in center. Whisk egg, butter and 3/4 cup water until blended. Pour small amount into center of flour mixture; knead until blended. Gradually add remaining egg mixture, kneading after each addition until blended. Continue to knead dough until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 12 pieces; roll each into ball. Place in large bowl; cover with damp towel. Let stand 30 min.
  • Microwave caramels and remaining water in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 30 sec. Repeat in separate microwaveable bowl with chocolate and COOL WHIP. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon.
  • Heat oil in large deep skillet to 375ºF. Meanwhile, re-moisten kitchen towel; squeeze out excess water. Place towel on work surface, then place 1-1/2-qt. round casserole on center of towel. Bring short ends of towel together over bowl, then tie together. Turn casserole upside down. Place 1 ball of dough on lightly floured surface; roll into 4-inch round. Place dough on covered casserole; use hands to carefully stretch dough (over bowl) to 8-inch round.
  • Add dough round to hot oil; cook 2 min. or until golden brown on both sides, turning and carefully pressing dough into oil with slotted spoon after 1 min. Remove buñuelo from oil; drain on paper towels. Immediately sprinkle both sides with some of the cinnamon sugar. Repeat with remaining dough rounds.
  • Serve buñuelos with caramel and chocolate sauces.

Size Wise

Save room for this special-occasion dessert by planning ahead. For example, watch portions and choose lower-fat foods beforehand.

Note

When stretching each dough round over prepared bowl, be careful to not tear the dough. It helps to rotate the bowl while stretching the dough into the 8-inch round. Also, when frying the buñuelos, the dough is pressed into the hot oil with the slotted spoon to help keep it immersed in the hot oil for even frying. Be careful to avoid bursting any bubbles on the dough since that would cause the oil to seep inside the buñuelos making them greasy.

How to Make Smaller Buñuelos

Prepare recipe as directed, dividing and rolling dough into 16 balls instead of 8 balls.

Servings

  • 12 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 330
Total fat 16g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 180mg
Carbohydrate 44g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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