by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Saturday, July 21, 2012
Bimbunuelos & Bits (sort-of) ...made from TortillaLand Tortillas
And then there's a plethora of sandwiches, beans, potato and macaroni salads, zucchini-anything, and piles upon piles of tropical fruit piled in piles of glistening rainbows just daring you to pass them by. Let's not forget those beautiful cold treats on a stick like popsicles and paletas, ice cream bars, and push-pops. Or ice cream dripping so fast down the cone that you're racing to eat it before the ants get a sticky treat to play in for the rest of the day. Milkshakes and slushies and ice cold cocktails with umbrellas peeking out. Sweaty pitchers of lemonade. Coolers packed with ice and beer.
Oh yeah. That's summer.
My mouth is watering so badly right now that I wouldn't be able to speak if I tried.
But maybe the MOST indicative fair food of the summer - for me - is that hot, just fried "ear" of dough that has been rolled in cinnamon and sugar and handed to me in a paper sleeve. Crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. Each bite fires pleasure-inducing neurons to my brains and sweet, gritty sugar down the front of my shirt. If I close my eyes, I can feel the live music from the grandstand...see the colorful bags and handmade bracelets and necklaces tucked under the tents...hear the laughter of the people around me...and bask in the sun kissing my nose and my cheeks and my shoulders.
THAT is summer.
TortillaLand Tortillas (again) and I tried to figure out something indicative of summer to make with them, I hemmed and hawed and couldn't quite decide. Until, that is I conjured up memories of summers past. Elephant Ears. Fried Dough of any sort, really. My mind was made up. Just one bite - heck, just one smell - takes me back to the fairs and festivals of summers past. The hubs says they remind him of the Bimbunuelos of his childhood. The kids (of course) loved them. Summer lovin' at its finest.
Try TortillaLand Tortillas for anything, though - it doesn't have to be these. Next to homemade, these are the BEST flour tortillas you'll find. I think so, anyway.
- 5 TortillaLand Tortillas (uncooked)
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- freshly grated nutmeg
- coconut oil or vegetable oil, for frying
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.