Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Churros

Growing up, my sister and I used to spend the summer breaks with our extended family in Margarita island (Off the coast of Venezuela). Our cousins would take us to eat churros as a treat... We loved them so much we would  beg them to take us all the time. One day my uncle came home with a recipe for churros (he was a great cook... I believe he was trained as a cook when he was in the Navy). I can still remember him making them for us... It was such a treat!

Churros are fried-dough-pastry snacks. Churros are popular in Spain and Latin America although nowadays they can be found anywhere. Depending on the country, you can eat them in many different ways: Sprinkled with granulated sugar (the most commonly known way), with guava, stuffed with dulce de leche, drizzled with chocolate sauce and even savory versions with melted cheese, YUM!
On our trip to Mexico we saw some Churros stands but unfortunately did not get to eat them while we were there :( So I decided to fix that and make some here at home. The recipe is simple... You should give it a try too.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup sugar

Special equipment: Pastry bag and large star tip

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with water, salt. Bring to a simmer and then slowly whisk in flour. Remove from heat and keep whisking until mixture forms a ball and breaks away from the sides of the pan. Slowly add eggs in thirds. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and refrigerate 15 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a large saucepan 2/3 full with vegetable oil and heat to 350 degrees F. Remove batter from refrigerator and slowly squeeze 3-inch long strips of batter into the oil. Fry in batches, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway through. Drain churros on paper towels. In a paper bag, add sugar. Once churros have cooled slightly, in batches, toss churros in bag and shake to coat with sugar. Serve warm.

I have to be honest, they were not a good as the ones I used to eat as a kid... But good nonetheless. By the way, churros are best served with hot chocolate...



 Tomorrow I will be sharing some of my favorite hot chocolate recipes from around the web...

Churros recipe adapted from here

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