Sweet Fried Masa Cakes Mexican Recipe

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Sweet Fried Masa Cakes Mexican Recipe


Recipe for: Gorditas de Piloncillo

Makes 1 DOZEN

  • 2 ounces finely chopped piloncillo
  • 3 ounces queso anejo or ricotta salata
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground canela
  • 1 pound fresh masa, or 1? cups masa harina mixed with 1 cup hot water
  • lard or vegetable oil, for frying (about 2 cups)


  1. Combine the piloncillo, cheese, and canela in a bowl and knead in the masa until uniformly distributed
  2. Add a bit of water if it feels too dry or a little masa harina if it’s too sticky
  3. Shape the dough into 12 even balls
  4. Place enough lard in a heavy pot to reach a depth of least 3 inches and heat to about 365°F
  5. Slide them into the hot fat and bathe them with a spoon so they are covered with fat at all times, and turn often, frying until they are golden on all sides and make sure not to overcrowd the pan
  6. Drain on paper bags or towels and enjoy warm

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