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Monday, November 8, 2010

Holy Week Donuts/ Rosquillas de la Semana Santa

Every year the Spanish classes at my children's high school holds a Spanish food day. Each kid is to bring in an authentic Spanish treat. This year Tessa chose Holy Week Donuts -these delicious doughnut like treats are a common sight during Semana Santa or Holy Week mostly in the south of Spain.

I think from now on they will be seen in the North East corner of Indiana! They are very tasty.

I am proud of Tessa, she made these all on her own with only a couple tips from me. I think you will enjoy them.

Tessa says that her favorite part was whipping the egg whites so they formed "stiff peaks" and that she failed miserably in making them taste as good as they look in the picture, but hey she isn't her mother. (Tessa added that I think they tasted wonderful)

Holy Week Doughnuts/ Rosquillas de la Semana Santa

3 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
zest of 1 lemon and one orange (we only had a lemon)
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour
oil for frying 
cinnamon to taste
sugar to taste

1. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks. Slowly add sugar, milk and lemon and orange zest.
2. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks. Add to the egg yolk mixture. Mix carefully. Add baking powder and flour. Stir until mixture is soft. Cover and let rest for 1 hour.
3. Cover the bottom of a heavy pot with 2 1/2 inches of oil. Heat to medium.
4. Rub some flour on your hands and shape the batter into pancakelike patties (about 2 inches across). Fry in oil on low-medium heat. Flip doughnuts about 1 minute after they begin to float, when they are golden brown, about 2 minutes total.
5. Remove from oil, place on paper towels, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon

Tessa is so excited to be linking up to The Hearth and Soul Hop!


Chaya's My Sweet and Savory's My Meatless Monday.


  1. Tessa, these look so yummy they have to have tasted wonderful! Thank you for so much for making and sharing them!

  2. If they're sweet and fried, you know they're gonna be good.

  3. These look wonderful. Tessa has got the right idea -- and I'm with Lisa; sweet and fried = delicious! :)

  4. I agree with Lisa - you can'[t go wrong with a recipe like this - YUMM!

  5. I think that pretty much the only thing I remember from my language classes are those food days!!! I certainly didn't retain any Spanish or French! Great job, Tessa, thanks for sharing your creation on the Hearth and Soul hop.

  6. Hey Christy! What a sweetie your Tessa is! Good for her to make these! They remind me a bit of Zeppolies which are deep fried italian dough balls. Very cool! Thanks so much as always for hosting and posting on the hearth and soul hop! Hugs! Alex

  7. These look delicious! Thanks Tessa, for sharing them with us! One of the first things you learn about cooking is that everything tastes better when someone else cooks them, so I am sure your mom is right and they were wonderful!

  8. Those little donuts look wonderful, I can just about taste one of them right now. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Miz Helen

  9. Aw yeah, fun in the kitchen w/ the kiddos...I think they look fantastic...and sound fantastic...NOM! I'm totally feelin' the love in your hearth and soul hop post this week, my friend ;)

  10. Those look delicious Tessa. Great job! They look light and fluffy.

  11. Hmmm do I see a future food blogger in the making?? These look fantastic! If tessa wants to bring some of these over to my school...for me to eat...I would be super thrilled.

  12. Oh my gosh these look good - certainly wouldn't need to wait till holy week to tuck into a pile of those :-)

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  14. I also made these for my spanish class but yours look alot better then mine. Mine tasted great so yours must have been a piece of art

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