This bread is frequently served at holiday celebrations.
INGREDIENTS | MAKES 24
- 4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- ¼ cup warm water
- ½ cup roasted almonds
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1¼ cups white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon almond extract or flavoring
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup whole milk
- ½ cup white sugar, confectioners' sugar, or sugar and cinnamon mixed, to taste
Pour the vegetable oil into a medium-sized skillet. The oil should be about 2 inches deep. Heat to about 370°. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Chop the almonds into small pieces.
Mix the eggs with half of the flour, the sugar, dissolved yeast, almonds, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, almond extract, butter, and milk. Beat until the dough begins to thicken. Add the remaining flour and mix well. If the dough is not stiff enough to knead, add more flour, ¼ cup at a time.
Flour a flat surface and remove the dough from the bowl. Knead the dough until it is pliable and smooth. Roll out the dough about ½-inch thick and cut into doughnut shapes.
Put 2 to 3 fritas in the hot oil at a time. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and fry for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Place on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Sprinkle with white sugar, confectioners' sugar, or a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
Extracts and Flavorings
Extracts are flavorings that have actually been extracted from the fruit or seed by squashing it and removing the oil. Flavorings are usually artificially produced and added to a water base.