During Fallas, celebrated in March, it is normal to find street stalls that sell different types of sweets, such as pumpkin fritters known as “buñuelos”.
These are portions of fried dough with a hole in the middle, made mainly with pumpkin and flour. It is an easy but laborious recipe to make. However, the characteristic taste of the pumpkin together with its soft and fluffy texture make “buñuelos” a delicacy.
If you want to prepare some you will need 500 gr. of boiled or roasted pumpkin, 500 gr. of wheat flour, 25 gr. of yeast, a pinch of salt, 1 glass of warm water, sugar to sprinkle and abundant olive or sunflower oil for frying them.
Prepare them as follows. Mash the pumpkin and then mix it with the yeast dissolved in the warm water, while adding the flour little by little, integrating everything.
When the dough is smooth and slightly sticky, add a pinch of salt and let it set between 1 and 2 hours so it increases its volume.
Heat oil in a deep pot or frying pan and when it is very hot, take a handful of dough with one hand to shape the fritter and make a hole in the centre of it with the thumb of the other hand.
Fry them with care so the oil doesn’t splash and when they are brown take them out, drain the excess oil and sprinkle them with sugar. Enjoy!