Buñuelos de Yuca

Buñuelos de Yuca

This recipe is from Living Like a Nica by Phil Hughes and Ana Lopez. Not sure but I think is is the recipe of Tia Juana.

Makes: 30 balls

Preparation time: 2 ½ hours


  • 1 lb. dry corn (the type you would use to make tortillas but corn, not dry corn meal)
  • 1 lb. cheese (queso blanco or cuajada)
  • 1 lb. yuca (this is cassava root but you need to ask for yuca)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 2 teaspoons of cream
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 block (tapa is the word used) dulce (Dulce is evaporated sugar cane juice and is normally sold in set of four blocks wrapped in a dry banana leaf.)
  • 6 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup oil


Cook the corn in three cups of water for 10 minutes two hours before you start preparation. Drain and let stand. Peel the yuca and grate it together with the cheese. Mix with the drained corn. and grind together with a corn mill. (You don't need to buy a mill. There will be many local and Ana says it cost C$3 or about $.20 to have it done.)

Mix all the ingredients except the oil and water together to make the masa. Form into balls of about 1 inch and fry in oil until golden brown. (Note that you don't have to do balls. You can, for example, form the dough into rings.)


(Miel de dulce) Grate the dulce and put in a pan with the water and cinnamon sticks. When the mixture is sticky it is ready to serve. Serve aside the buñuelos so that people can add as much of the topping as they want.

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Delicious! My personal

Delicious! My personal preference is to put lot of "miel" on the buñuelos.

Don't break that dish

Had Bun~uelos on "La Noche de Los Ra'banos" in Oaxaca on Christmas. Finishing it you were required to break the dish in the street. I wouldn't break that dish! Looks like fun to mess around in the kitchen in Nicaragua.

I thought the buñuelos in

I thought the buñuelos in other parts (like Mexico) were different, flat, among other things, from what I've been told.

Yes, now that you mention it

Yes, now that you mention it they were flat and very different from fyl's discription. Guess they were the Mexican or indigenous version.