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Churros con Chocolate

 

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The first time I tasted churros was slightly more than a decade ago in a tiny alley in Spain. My best friend and I were on a graduation trip around Europe and the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona were on our list of places to visit. To be honest, I don’t remember much about Madrid but etched deeply in my memory is my first encounter with this Spanish dessert there.  It was a dark and cool night (the Spanish eat very late at night) when our Lonely Planet guidebook led us to a cobbled street where a small but busy outdoor cafe sat under a bridge. Locals sat on stools around small round tables as they chatted and sipped chocolate late into the night. And all night long, hot crispy churros and rich hot chocolate just kept coming out of the small food-truck sized kitchen.

Churros are deep fried dough fritters, somewhat like the slimmer, sexier, Spanish cousin of the Chinese ‘you tiao‘. Some even say that it was brought over from China to Europe by Portugese explorers. While others say it was invented by nomadic shepherds high up in the mountains who did not have access to baked goods. Whatever its origins, it is undebatable that this street snack is highly addictive, which explains its popularity beyond  Spanish shores.

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Meet Churros our cat, whose limbs were skinny like churros when we first adopted him

Churros are made from a basic choux pastry where flour and leavening agents are stirred quickly into boiling water (sometimes milk) and butter. It is a really quick and simple dessert to make and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Watch my full instructional video below to learn how!

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Churros con Chocolate 
Churros:
350ml water
50g unsalted butter
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
 
Cinnamon Sugar:
Caster sugar
A pinch of ground cinnamon
 
Chocolate Sauce:
100g dark chocolate, chopped
100ml whipping cream
50ml whole milk
 
Directions:
1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
2. In a medium-sized pot, bring water and butter to a boil.
3. Once the water and butter is boiling, add in all the sifted flour mixture at once and stir quickly until the dough is formed. Remove from heat and cool.
4. When the dough is cool enough to handle, place dough into a piping bag with a large star tip.
5. Heat up a pot of vegetable oil for deep-frying. When the oil is ready, pipe the dough into pot. Use a scissors to cut off the dough at the length you prefer.
6. Deep-fry the churros until they turn golden-brown, about 3-5 minutes.
7. Remove fried churros from oil and drain the excess oil on a paper towel.
8. If coating them with cinnamon sugar, roll them in cinnamon sugar while they are still hot.
9. If making chocolate sauce, bring whipping cream and milk to a boil then pour over the chopped chocolate pieces. Stir gently with a spatula until a smooth chocolate ganache is formed. Serve with warm churros and enjoy!
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