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Homemade Churros

Today is a good day.

I woke up craving for something sweet and nutty. Maybe I can try making the Hazelnut Crepe Cake I saw on Pinterest the other day. I can also make me some peanut butter cookies. I was also thinking of Silvanas. Ohhh the list is endless. Time to use the process of elimination or else I will end up feeding my boys cakes and cookies the entire day today. I can hear my husband saying “What’s wrong with that?”.  What to make today that is sweet and nutty and easy to make.

As I was contemplating on what to make I also thought of rediscovering the world of flower making with gum paste. A few years back I went back to school to take up Bakery Arts and Professional Cake Decorating at George Brown College. After a couple of years of (almost) nightly and weekend classes, I completed the certification for both. Good job me!

Unfortunately life got so busy and I never had time to hone my cake decorating skills. But now that I am home while taking a break from the corporate world, I would like to reacquaint myself with piping and sugar flowers and sculpting. Time to round up my tips! And guess what I found first, my star tip. Star tip means I can make some churros. Churros with cinnamon sugar and hot chocolate dip on the side.

We usually get our churros from Pancho’s Bakery at Kensington Market in Toronto. My husband and I love their dulce de leche filled churros. Our 11 year old preteen finally discovered the wonderful world of churros. He loves it with chocolate.

Growing up…

Tablea chocolate

…I remember one of the mothers in our neighborhood would make some churros with chocolate dipping sauce made of Tablea Tsokolate. Tablea (tab-le-yah) is a Spanish word-meaning tablet, and tsokolate is a Filipino word-meaning chocolate. The ‘tablea’ chocolates are made from cacao nibs that are roasted, ground, and then mixed with a bit of sugar then made in a thick disk form. Some are made with peanuts. Remembering eating homemade churros with our childhood friends is just one of the many times I wish I could rewind back to the old days and press pause just for a little while. Sigh! Time to make new memories.

To make the dough, you will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (I like weighing my butter. When converted, you’ll need 14.18 grams butter)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar, salt and butter. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.

Time to fry those babies! Heat oil for frying in skillet or deep fryer. You can pipe strips of dough into hot oil using a pastry bag or pipe them on parchment paper then add them to the oil a few at a time. I did the latter. I used Ateco tip # 825.  The churros will puff up and become golden brown. They should be crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

While waiting for the first batch to cook,

make the cinnamon sugar by mixing these 2 ingredients together:

  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Roll drained churros in mixture.
  • To make the chocolate dipping sauce, gather these ingredients:
  • 4 pieces tablea chocolates (I got mine from my last visit to the motherland. You can find them in Asian stores)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white sugar

In a small pot over medium heat, add water and tablea chocolate. When the chocolate tablets start to melt, whisk well. It usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to melt. Mix and incorporate the melted chocolate with the water. Add the heavy cream and sugar.

Pour the hot chocolate dip in a small cup. Serve together with the freshly made deep fried churros. Dunk churros into the hot chocolate dip. Sip it if you must. Life is good right? Right!

Recipe

Ingredients:

Churros chocolate ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 pieces tablea chocolates
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
Directions:

Deep fried Churros

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar, salt and melted butter. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in flour until mixture forms a ball.
  2. Heat oil for frying in skillet or deep fryer. Drop piped dough into hot oil. Fry until golden. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Mix ½ cup white sugar and ground cinnamon together. Roll drained churros in mixture.
  4. To make the hot chocolate dip sauce: In a small pot over medium heat, add water and tablea chocolate. When the chocolate tablets start to melt, whisk well. Mix and incorporate the melted chocolate with the water. Add the heavy cream and sugar. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate dip in a small cup. Serve with freshly made deep fried churros.

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