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Monday, November 29, 2010

Fried Tortillas with Cinnamon and Sugar Coating

This is my version of Fried Tortillas which are a great, easy treat for a special gathering; but most important, it's a fried treat which makes it perfect for Chanukah.

Serves 10

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pkg. of 10 each 6" quality flour tortillas
  • About 6 cups of vegetable or peanut oil

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. Cut the tortillas into quarters.
  2. Line a cookie pan or sheet with paper towels.
  3. If you don't have a deep fryer:  In an approximate 3 qt. heavy pan, using a frying or steaming basket and a deep-frying or candy thermometer, heat the oil to a temperature of 365º.*
  4. Drop two or three tortilla quarters very carefully and one at a time into the hot oil.  If the oil is the right temperature, the tortillas will cook in about one minute to a golden brown.  With a slotted spoon or spider, flip them very carefully half way through cooking.  Remove with a slotted spoon or spider as they brown and place one layer deep on the paper-towel lined pan to drain.  Add a new layer of paper towels each time the pan is full.
  5. While still warm, with a spoon carefully and thoroughly coat the tortillas, one at a time, in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  You can strain through a sieve and save any leftover cinnamon/sugar mixture for later use, such as on cinnamon toast.
Be prepared to devote your full attention to this task. You'll need to be ready to work quickly and uninterrupted.  Also, be very careful as you are working with hot oil - no small children under feet!

The tortillas are best served warm.  I have found that my vintage, electric bread-warming basket, lined with paper doilies, is perfect for this - see photo above.  (Okay, I bought the basket new and now it's old, very old.)  You could put them on a pretty plate which would be usable on a warming tray, or just keep warm until ready to serve in a 200º oven.  I doubt you'll have any leftovers; but if you do, they would keep well in a tin can for about a week.

The tortillas are great by themselves or served with a good vanilla ice cream, maybe topped with a fantastic caramel spread like the Brazilian doce de leite used on the ice cream in the below photo.  I found this amazing spread at a local Brazilian market to which my friend Cassi introduced me.  The spread is so rich, a little goes a long way! 

At our Chanukah party this year, I think I'll also serve the sweet guava paste, which I got at the Brazilian market, with cream cheese on some nice crackers.  Oh, we're going to have some fun this year!  Happy Holidays!

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  1. Oh my goodness --YUM!!!! Fried tortillas! I will try it. Thanks!

  2. @Martha Lever, Hope you enjoy - Happy Chanukah!

  3. Fried tortillas, what a great idea. I can't wait to try this, Bonnie!

  4. @Erika, Please do - they're easy and fun! Enjoy!

  5. Oh, what a gorgeous and yummy garnish for your ice cream...mmmmmmm. Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah!!!

  6. I'll bet these are awesome! My kinda snack!

  7. These cinnamon and sugar tortilla chips sound delicious. I remember I had them once in a Mexican restaurant with their deep-fried ice cream, it was a perfect combination. Crispy, sweet, warm and cinnamon-y tortillas with cold and creamy ice cream. I really should make it by myself, thanks for the inspiration :-)