The winter is in full force. Everyone is layered in their warmest clothing. Hot cocoa and coffee are among the favorites to warm the bodies up while waiting for the train. Accompanying these warm drinks are usually bagels, biscotti, or croissants. Try this for a change; buῆuelos. These delicious treats are basically bread made of cornstarch, yucca flour and Colombian white cheese (queso costeῆo), rolled into the shape of a ball. They can be baked or fried. Warm it up and it will go famously with your hot cocoa or coffee; even dunk them into your cocoa. It is such a treat!
These “cheese breads” are usually made during the Christmas season, along with natilla; a caramel and cinnamon dessert. They can also be made for breakfast or for appetizers. Either way, they are delicious and satisfying.
Buῆuelos can be found in many Colombian bakeries throughout the city. There are a lot in Queens as well, since there is a big population of Colombian-Americans living in Queens. Some of these places are:
3961 61st Street
Wooside, NY 11377
Off of the 7 train (61st street stop)
7604 Roosevelt Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Off of the 7 train (74st street stop)
Off of the E, F, M, R train (Roosevelt Ave stop)
La Fina Bakery
6208 Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377
Woodside – 61 St (7, 7X)
69 St (7)
65 St (E, M, R)
Buῆuelos are usally fried as mentioned earlier, but they can also be baked. The reason for frying the is to get the nice crispy texture on the outside. The inside remains fluffy. For a healthier version, you can make them at home and bake them; making sure to turn them every once in a while to get all sides evenly baked.
- 1 lb white Colombian white cheese
- 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Grate the cheese finely. You can also grate it in a food processor.
- Combine the cornstarch, eggs, sugar and salt. Add the cheese.
- Roll by hand into small golf-size balls. Let stand for 5 minutes
- Place on non-stick baking sheet and put into oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. Different ovens vary, so keep an eye on the buῆuelos. Make sure to turn them on opposite side to allow even baking.
These are a delicious treat when warmed up and are easy to eat while on the run as well. Try one at a local Colombian bakery or make at home. ENJOY and keep warm!