Food I Love: Churros

 

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One of my biggest passions in life aside writing is Food. Food makes me feel better every time I eat or even think about doing so. Like most people, I like all different types of food; from Caribbean to Italian, Mexican and Spanish. Food doesn’t have to be boring and it’s very exciting for me to try to create new recipes.

I adore Churros!
They taste amazing and these fried pastry snacks go great with a dust of sugar along with some strawberries and chocolate sauce.

For those of you wondering “what the hell are churros”, they are small, fried little strips of heaven, that are somewhat similar to doughnuts. Actually, they are the Spanish equivalent of doughnuts. Eaten while warm and sprinkled with sugar or (as I prefer) dunked in tons of melted chocolate, they are quick and easy to make.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8)
250ml (1 cup) water
100g unsalted butter
150g (1 cup) plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs, lightly whisked
Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
80g (1/2 cup) icing sugar mixture, sifted
200g good-quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
250ml (1 cup) milk

Method

1. Combine water and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until butter melts. Remove from heat.

2.Add the flour and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and the dough comes away from the side of the saucepan. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 15 minutes or until cool.

3.Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until well combined. Spoon dough into a piping bag fitted with a 2cm-diameter fluted nozzle.

4.Add enough oil to a large saucepan to reach a depth of 6cm. Heat to 180°C over medium heat (when oil is ready a cube of bread will turn golden brown in 15 seconds). Using a small sharp knife to cut the dough, pipe four 10cm lengths into the oil. Deep-fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer churros to a plate lined with paper towel. Dust with icing sugar. Repeat with the remaining dough, reheating oil between batches.

5.Meanwhile, combine the chocolate and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

6.Arrange churros on a platter and serve with chocolate dipping sauce

 

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