Arepuela o Anisita (Sweet Arepa with Anise)

by Erica Dinho on February 19, 2010

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a weakness for arepas and I eat them almost every day for breakfast. Eating arepas makes me happy and connects me with my country.

In Colombia we eat all kinds of arepas and these Arepuelas or Anisitas (sweet arepas) are very popular on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. You can eat them with hot chocolate for breakfast or just as a quick snack with coffee. They are crispy, sweet and delicious. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

(6 arepas)

Directions

  1. Combine the masarepa, warm water, anise seeds and sugar, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
  2. Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes, moistening your hands with water as you work.
  3. Form 6 small balls with the dough. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags and with a flat pot cover, flatten to ¼ inch.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot to 350 F. Add the arepas in the heated oil one by one, fry for 3 minutes, turning over once about half way through.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the arepas from the oil and drain on paper towels.
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1 5 Star Foodie February 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Yum! Those sound so perfectly crisp and I love the flavors with anise!

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2 Bo February 19, 2010 at 11:32 AM

I have always wanted to make arepas…those look delicious!

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3 ruth February 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM

This sound so appealing. Crusty and sweet with a touch of aniseed! Very moorish indeed!!

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4 aruna February 19, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Looks delicious!!

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5 Blond Duck February 19, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Popped in from Barbara’s to say hi! You have a fascinating blog!

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6 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes February 19, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I’d totally have this for breakfast everyday if I could, too! :) These look great. Sometimes I eat Korean food because I want to feel connected to the country, too. :)

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7 Sandra g February 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Oh I love this! it reminds me of “arepitas” that we make in The Dominican Republic, we use corn meal, anise seeds, eggs, milk and some butter, we eat them at lunch time as a side dish, will definitely make this soon, yum!

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8 Erica February 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Thank you guys for visiting my blog!

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9 grace February 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM

talk about your ideal breakfast–i can definitely see how you can stand to eat these every morning! how delightful they’d be, even without the aromatic anise. :)

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10 Baking is my Zen February 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Erica, what can be substituted for the anise?

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11 Erica February 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Baking is my Zen- The anise is very important in this recipe!

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12 Joan Nova February 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Of course you have a weakness for arepas :)

These anisitas look delicious. I love anything with anise flavoring.

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13 rebecca subbiah February 19, 2010 at 7:32 PM

oh love your blog i learn something new every time have a great weekend Rebecca

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14 Erica February 19, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Thank you all for the comments! I truly appreciate it!

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15 Joy February 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM

I would want to eat them every day too! What a lovely way to start the day!

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16 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best February 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Arepas sounds like a great snack! I would probably pop them in my mouth compulsively.

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17 Carolina February 20, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Hi Erica!
I’m an arepa lover too, but this is one of my favorites! I haven’t had one in ages!!
I’m so glad I discovered this page in English….now I can share with my friends and show them how wonderful is our Colombian food.
I’ll come back!!

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18 Oysterculture February 20, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I’ve not even had arepas for breakfaset yet and I know I’d have a weakness for them as well. As delicious as they look I’m scared to get started =) The addition of anise sounds like something special.

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19 Miss Meat and Potatoes February 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

How lovely and delicate looking. I’ve never had one and will have to make these!

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20 Erica February 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Thank you guys :)

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21 norma February 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I am with you – I love arepas. This is a keeper because it has one of my favorite flavors…Anis.

Gracias
PLATANOS, MANGOES AND ME

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22 Faith February 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM

These look crispy and so delicious! Perfect with the anise flavor!

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23 pierre February 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

i love anise in biscuits so congratulations !! Pierre

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24 Anna February 20, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Hummm, I love arepas, but never seen the Massarepa in the supermarket. Maybe I overlooked it. It sounds delicious, I love anise. :-)

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25 Erica February 20, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Thank you everyone!

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26 Eddie February 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Hi Erica. I lived in Medellin for 6 months a few years ago and hardly a day goes by that I don’t crave some Colombian food! About a month ago I finally learned how to make the large flat arepas that are so popular in Medellin. (Which I love toasted with butter and queso blanco.) I can’t wait to try these. Isn’t anise the flavor in Agua Diente? Hmmmm. Ha ha. Love this site.

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27 Erica February 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Eddie- Yes, Aguardiente is made with anise!

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28 Chef E February 21, 2010 at 1:22 AM

These also sound like something I would go nuts for! Crunchy is my weakness, add a touch of salt! Somehow hot sauce, even for breakfast would find its way onto them :)

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29 Anh February 21, 2010 at 5:35 AM

I am so excited to find your blog. Colombian cooking is so strange to me, but you definitely help!!

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30 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 21, 2010 at 8:43 AM

I had one of these recently and I agree they’re delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe Erica! It’s like you’re reading my mind! :D

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31 Erica February 21, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Thank you all for taking the time to read my post!

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32 Soma February 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

What a beautiful delicacy!! This looks like Indian pooris, except with cornmeal and sweet. The anise must be adding nice flavor.

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33 Nilda Payeur April 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement

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34 Mery April 4, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Hello Erica; made these Arepas con Anis…tremendas!!!! un favor, podrias poner las recetas para los diferentes tipos de bollos de colombia? Vivi en B/Quilla y me gustaria, si no probarlos nuevamente, verlos en fotos aunque sea!!!!

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35 Erica April 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Mery- Los bollos de Chocolo estan en mi lista de recetas.

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36 Jackie September 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Hi Erica,

I am an expat living in Melbourne and since I found your website I have been getting re-acquainted with Colombian food! I had tried before with other cookbooks but your recipes are always so easy to follow and the measurements are just perfect! even my Aussie husband has made one of your dishes and it always comes up delicious!

I hope you keep going with your website because you are doing such a good job!!! when my mum comes to visit I can now cook her a typical Colombian meal!!:)

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37 Erica September 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Thank you :)

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38 kimberly May 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

hi! i just wanted to let you know that a whole bunch of kindergardeners are going to be making your anisita arepas on friday!!! they are syudents in an all spanish immersion school in new orleans, la. and this is the recipe they will be making to represent colombia!!! it is the end of the year, and they are seasoned little cooks now.. they can handle it!
thank you soooo much for posting it with that lovely photo! mmmmm!

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39 Erica Dinho May 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Thanks, Kimberly! Good luck!

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40 Tiffany December 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Hi Erica,

If you don’t want to add anise seeds, what do you substitute it with? Should I add more sugar?

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41 Erica Dinho December 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM
42 Anonymous December 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Thanks Erica, I remember my grandma used to make these every morning on weekends! Can’t wait to try them this weekend and have my son try them… start our own tradition! Thank you sooooo much for this!

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43 Tiffany December 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Hi Erica,

I made them today and they were a success!! Reminded me of my grandmother!! I just added a little more sugar. The first two batches I burnt them but I got the hang of them after that. My boyfriend and son were impressed! Thank you! Next one I will try is the arepas with the cheese inside!

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44 Maximiliano González December 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Hola Erika. Hace poco hice estas arepas para mi familia y la verdad, les gustaron mucho. Ahora estoy en la doble misión de compartir y/o hacer las arepas con varios de mis amigos y averiguar con qué puedo acompañar esas arepas y que les hagan buen contraste y/o maridaje (puede ser alguna carne o alguna bebida).

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45 latina con estilo March 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Gracias tenia tiempo sin comer esta deliciosa arepa , soy de Venezuela y alla ya casi no las hacen a pesar que es típica de Venezuela también.

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