International Cooks With Iracema



• 1 tbsp salt
• 2.2 lbs all-purpose flour
• 1⁄2 cup of lard or butter
• Hot water to add
• Oil for frying
• 1 cup packed dark brown sugar • 1⁄2 cup water
• Cinnamon to taste


1. Mix salt, flour, and lard/butter in a frying pan
2. Add a cup of hot water, or until the dough comes together
3. Knead the dough
4. Roll out pieces of the dough into small circles with a rolling pin until they become thin and transparent
5. Let the dough dry before frying it
6. Heat the oil and drop in the flatbread, frying it until it’sgolden brown
7. In a seperate pot, boil the brown sugar and cinnamon with water to taste
8. Dip the round into the boiled sugar sauce until it’scovered
9. Enjoy you bunuelos!

In October, 2020, CSU released a video series to virtually celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday is traditionally held on Nov. 1-2 in Mexico to celebrate and honor family and friends who have died. A portion of this celebration includes making special foods that the deceased enjoyed.

Iracema celebrated her late mother by making bunelos, which is a type of fried sweet bread. She has worked at the CSU Todos Santos Center for almost three years.

Find more ways to explore the CSU International Programs Virtual Programming, including more Dia de los Muertos segments on various items used in an ofrenda (altar), the importance of papel picado (cut paper flags) in the altar and how to create your own,and the symbolism of food in the ofrenda, at engagement/virtual-programming.