Fried cake is an Argentinean recipe for Creole cuisine, a gastronomic style born in colonial times as a result of the fusion between different cultures (African, European and pre-Columbian American). It is also a very typical preparation in other South American countries such as Uruguay and Chile and its preparation has spread to more Spanish-speaking territories.
Argentine fried cake is a recipe that requires few ingredients and is very simple to make. Although it can be considered a dessert, it is an ideal sweet preparation to eat at any time of the day. Do you want to discover how they are made? Learn how to make Argentine fried cake and the necessary ingredients for the elaboration by reading this oneHOWTO article.
Steps to follow:
The first step to make Argentine fried cakes is mix the following ingredients: half a kilo of flour, 10 grams of fresh yeast and a little salt. As with the bread recipe, the yeast must be baker’s yeast. Try to buy it in a bakery near your home or in a specialized confectionery center.
So that the fried cake dough is totally homogeneous, mix all the ingredients well for several minutes in the bowl. Make sure there are no clumps or bumps.
Once you have prepared the dough for the Creole fried cakes, light a fire and place a pot on top. Add the 100 grams of beef lard, milk and water (150 ml of each liquid) to dissolve. Wait a few minutes for them to completely dissolve.
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With the liquid and dissolved fried cake ingredients, pour the contents of the pot into the bowl where the homogeneous mass is found. Add a pinch of salt and proceed to knead using circular motions. The dough should be uniform and smooth, with a predominant round shape. Make sure, again, that there are no unmixed chunks left.
Subsequently, proceed to flour the surface on which you are going to finish shaping the dough: you place it on top of the flour and try to roll it out with a roller. The thickness of the dough must reach a minimum of half a centimeter.
When the dough has the desired thickness, take a circular mold with an approximate measurement of 10 to 12 cm. With the mold, cut the dough into several circles. Each of them will be a unit of Argentine fried cake. Make a small cut in the middle of all the circles and the cakes will be almost ready.
At this point, everything is ready for fry the Argentine Creole cakes. Build a fire and, in the largest skillet you have, add plenty of sunflower oil. Wait for the oil to heat up and, when it is hot, add the cakes prepared in the previous step. Pay close attention, as it is easy for them to burn.
As soon as they brown, you remove them from the heat and place them on a plate on absorbent paper. In this way, you will achieve drain off all excess oil of the fried cakes so that they are not too oily.
After draining the oil from the fried cakes, you can serve them warm. Optionally, you can sprinkle them on top with a little icing sugar; Thus, you will enhance the sweet taste of the recipe and make the presentation more attractive.
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With this recipe you will learn how to make Argentine fried cake step by step and in a simple way. To fully enjoy this sweet, at UNCOMO we give you the following tips:
- To make the fried cakes fluffy and airy, use self-rising flour (supplemented with some additive or leavening yeast). You can also choose to add baking powder to the dough.
- Fried cakes are traditionally eaten in the afternoon in Argentina. They usually consume it accompanied by a mate. Still, you can accompany it with a glass of milk or a cup of thick chocolate, making them a very nutritious snack.
- In South American countries it is typical to make fried cakes on rainy days to eat them with friends or family. This does not mean anything! It’s just a territorial custom, so you don’t have to wait for the rain. Prepare and enjoy the fried cakes whenever you feel like it.
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