Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)
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Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

August 21, 2018

This cuñapé frito is like a savory donut. Made with cassava starch and a lot of cheese, it is a good gluten-free snack.

Cuñapé is a recipe from eastern Bolivia where cassava abounds. In this case cassava starch is used, which is a white powder extracted from the cassava root.

There are three ways to prepare cuñapé; baked, fried and abizcochado (double baked), kind of like a biscotti, firm and crunchy and need to be dunked in a drink.

The three kinds of cuñapé use the same ingredients, but in different quantities, which gives them different textures. The main ingredients are cassava starch, lots of cheese, eggs, milk and butter.

Bolivian cheese is dry, and very salty. If you do not have a cheese like that, replace it with mozzarella or Parmesan cheese. Try to avoid fresh cheeses which has more liquid.

dough for Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

The dough for cuñapé comes together pretty quickly. The texture reminds me of playdough.

how to knead Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

how to knead Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

For this fried cuñapé, the kneading is very important. As I mentioned, this dough has a different texture compare to bread made with regular flour. I recommend that you separate your dough into 10 equal portions first, and then knead each individual portion. You need to press the dough with the palm of your hand and move it away from your body while still pressing. Bring the dough together again. Do this 3 or 4 times.

Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

If your dough is well kneaded, when making a rope it will not come apart. Make a rope and join the ends together to make a ring. The rings need to be thin, the thickness of your finger. It is important to place the rings on a silicone mat or a cotton towel, otherwise they´ll stick to the surface and fall apart when removed.

Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

After frying, the cuñapé comes out crispy on the outside and very spongy on the inside. In Bolivia it is accompanied with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and served as a snack. I like to dunk mine in some molasses.

Note: This recipe was published for the first time on March 12th, 2012 on my old blog. As we celebrate Bolivia’s independence in the month of August, I thought it was a good time to update my Bolivian recipes.

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Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 
This cuñapé frito is like a savory donut. Made with cassava starch and a lot of cheese, it is a good gluten-free snack.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Bolivian
Servings: 10
Calories: 315 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (250g)
  • 2 cups cassava starch (244g)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cup oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions.
  2. Knead one portion at a time. You need to press the dough with the palm of your hand and move it away from your body while still pressing. Bring the dough together again. Do this 3 or 4 times.

  3. Form a rope, join the ends forming a ring. Set the rings on a cotton towel and repeat with the rest of the dough.

  4. Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium heat. If the oil is very hot, the cuñapé will crack and the oil will splash.

  5. Cook each cuñapé for 1 minute each side, or until golden brown.

  6. Drain on paper towels.

  7. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Different cassava starch brands absorb liquid differently. Start with 2 tablespoons of milk. If your dough doesn´t come together add an extra tablespoon of milk.

Cuñapé Frito (Bolivian Cheesy Fried Donut)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hi – what’s the best cheese to use in these? Trying to recreate the hard cuñapés from horneados unicos de luz marina! Gracias!

    1. Hi there! use some kind of hard cheese. Fresh cheese doesn´t work because it has too much water. This recipe is for fried cuñape, and they are soft. Are you looking for cuñapé abizcochado?

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