If you're sweet tooth is calling out to you and you've got some extra time to indulge in a cultural culinary experience, I highly recommend giving them a try!
Yields: 15 molletes
15 sweet buns
1 c. of wine (whatever is on hand)
1 bottle of vegetable oil
4 eggs (separated)
15 raisins or plums
1 ½ c. sugar
1 c. whole milk
1 T. cornstarch
1 t. vanilla extract
Prepare the manjar (caramel-like filling). Mix together 1 c. sugar, whole milk, cornstarch, vanilla extract & 1 egg yolk, and cook over medium heat until thick & smooth then cool.
Cut the sweet buns in half (hamburger bun style) and wet each half with 1 t. wine. Place 1 dollop of cooled manjar on bottom half, add 1 (or a few) raisins (or plums) and then top with the other half of the bun.
Whip remaining 4 egg whites until stiff. Fold in yolks. Cover each bun with egg mixture and fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Drain and dry on paper towels.
While buns are frying, prepare the honey glaze. Place enough water to submerge the buns in a frying pan. Add ½ c. sugar and 1 stick of cinnamon. Boil. Submerge buns in the glaze for 5-10 minutes. Remove from glaze and dry.